Coracle Making

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021

Come and make a coracle using traditional methods and mostly traditional materials.

On this two-day course, participants will learn about the craft of traditional coracle building. Using a blend of ancient and modern methods and skills, participants will construct coracles using coppiced materials, canvas and tar. The aim is to understand and practice the skills required to build this simple boat; including cordage making, simple basketry, hazel weaving and the use of sharp tools to produce a paddle.

The course is entirely practical and utilises a range of traditional skills, knowledge and methods to produce a fully functioning canvas covered coracle.

There will be an option to test your finished coracle on the small pond at the Ancient Technology Centre. If you are keen to do this it would be wise to bring spare clothes!

NAS members will receive 10 credits towards their NAS Certificate or Award

Members – £140
Non-members – £170

The course cost includes –

  • Two day practical training in coracle making
  • Lunch on both days of the course
  • Breakfast on the Sunday morning
  • Two nights’ accommodation in a Viking Longhouse (bring your own bedding)

A historic meal experience by Pario Gallicoon the Saturday night is £15/person extra

Saturday – Building the Coracle frame

10.00am Coffee and introductions.

A brief history of early woven boat technologies and terminology

11.00am Start on course tasks

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Course tasks cont.

5.00pm Day end

Sunday – Making paddles, foot rests and seats.

10.00am Meet and carry on with course tasks

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Finishing touches

2.00pm Coracle testing (pond water levels allowing)

4.00pm Course end