Coracle Part 1 – Construction

During June of this year, we set about building at coracle at the Smallwoods Centre in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

Essentially this is an ancient fishing craft, but the design we were building is over 300 years old. The original use was to work in tandem on the River Severn to fish using a large net. A relatively simple frame of softwood seat and legs, with ash lathes in tension stretched to form the shell. The skin is comprised of bitumen coated calico and it works perfectly! By the way we called the boat Honeybee.

Here are a few pictures we took along the way:



Ross Hetherington

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