Watch the luxury holiday home in the video below.
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Instead of spending his time skateboarding or playing video games, this 18-year-old teenager spends his time making crafts that his family can be proud of. And Billy Walden, from Bentham, Lancashire, probably topped his previous projects when he needed just 8 weeks to convert a shabby canal boat into an incredible luxury holiday home for his mom and sister.
Billy’s mom, 47-year-old Jayne Walden, bought the old boat for $6200(£5,000) hoping Billy could refurbish it. Before the canal boat project, Billy managed to transform a Volkswagen camper van by himself and wanted a bigger challenge.
The talented Billy is studying joinery at college.
He said: “I really enjoyed refurbishing the canal boat – it was great to be able to create a holiday home for me, my mom, Jayne, and sister, Matilda, 11.
“It took a lot of hard work as it needed completely restructuring; it should have actually cost more around $15,000(£12,000) but because it didn’t pass all the survey tests, we were able to get it a bit cheaper.
“We then spent around $3,500(£2,800) renovating it to how we wanted it to look – there are rooms for both Matilda and me, a bath, open plan glass doors that lead on to the deck and even car seats from an Audi I bought from a local scrap yard.
“After I’d previously renovated a camper van, I wanted to do something bigger and better and my mom just happened to come across the boat.
“I’m a bit of an introvert and I’ve never been into video games and stuff like many lads my age – my idea of fun is spending time in the workshop near my home.
“So far we’ve traveled the whole down canal from Tewitfield to Preston, we all love being on it together and the boat is even named after my sister and mom as it’s called Matilda Jayne.”
Billy already displayed exceptional talent at a young age. At 14, he already took up joinery at Lancaster and Morecombe College. In just one year, he already achieved Level 1 AIM in a course that covered joinery, plumbing, bricklaying, carpentry hand skills, and brickwork assistance.
Billy even skipped an academic year because he was so advanced and at 15 was already starting his Level 2 in carpentry and joinery.
He added: “People have called me a joinery genius but I don’t think I am – I’m just me.
“I really enjoy doing my work and I often spend up to 15 hours a day in my workshop because I lose track of time.
“I’m working on quite a few things at the moment such as another VW camper van and Volkswagen IT Beer mobile conversion.”
Over the coming weeks, Billy is planning to join the largest joinery competition in the country. Should he win, Billy will be officially recognized as a ‘master carpenter’ which is the highest level possible.
Jayne is understandably proud of her son, saying: “Billy doesn’t realize how good he is, his tutor from college said he was ‘exceptional’ at what he does!
“He’s won a previous competition that led to him being offered Licentiate by The Institute of Carpenters; this equates to Degree level.
“He also was awarded a separate outstanding achievement award in carpentry and joinery from his college
“I’m so unbelievably proud of Billy and what he’s achieved, and what he’s going to achieve in his life.
“We’ve already enjoyed a few trips together on the boat, Matilda loves it.”