Wooden shipbuilding (or Traditional shipbuilding) is the handicraft construction of a vessel through the use of natural timber (conception, design, construction, equipment, decoration) and its relevant cultural practices and mentalities.
It is a living traditional craft that has been practiced in Greece for centuries. It possesses unique technical, typological and cultural characteristics, some of which originate from the Middle Ages and the Byzantine Empire. The craft’s transmission from one generation to the next is accomplished through empirical apprenticeship, which entails younger people learning the craft by working side by side with a master craftsman.
Wooden shipbuilding (or Traditional shipbuilding) was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece in 2013.