Coracle Building

Coracle Building Courses 2014:

Build Your Own Coracle in 2 Days:

The coracle is an ancient form of craft, they have certainly been built for hundreds of years, and probably for thousands. They are a small one man craft, with a basket like hull of wicker work or lathing traditionally waterproofed with animal hide. Today waterproofed canvas is used instead of animal hide.

One of the great strengths of the coracle is that it can be carried and transported easily due to it's light weight and small size. Coracles have a reputation of being unstable and hard to paddle ~ in fact built properly they are very capable craft and the methods of paddling them have much in common with those used in canoes and kayaks.

Our Coracle Building Courses run over 2 days and cost £260 per coracle. A maximum of 5 boats on each course ensures everyone gets plenty of the instructors time. Materials, tools and safety equipment are all included in the price - you get to take your completed coracle home with you at the end of the course. You'll learn lots of new skills and leave the course with a great little boat. No previous experience is needed - over the 2 days there is plenty of time to learn the techniques required.

On each course we will either use coppiced wood – willow and hazel – to make a wickerwork coracle; or use plywood lathing to make the coracle frame.

Coracles are great fun to build, and are probably one of the quickest boats to build. This course works well on your own or if two people build a coracle together. There is no extra charge for 2 people to build a coracle together.

Some of our Coracle Building Courses are scheduled back-to-back with our Paddle Making Courses - these two courses complement each other well - book both together for £400 per person.

Coracle Making Courses dates for 2014 are listed on the Course Dates page - you can also open a .pdf file with all our course dates and brief descriptions of each course.

Photos of the April 2012 Coracle Building Course are posted on our Facebook Page (you don't need to be signed up for Facebook to view this)

All our coracle building courses include free membership of The Coracle Society for 1 year (1 membership per coracle).

Coracle Building Courses at Higham Hall:

Higham Hall was a new venue for Overwater Boats in 2013, we are really pleased to be running more coracle building course in 2014 at this lovely venue near Bassenthwaite Lake. Build your own coracle to take home with you at the end of the course. The courses run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon when there will be the opportunity to go for a paddle on Bassenthwaite Lake.

£329 per person residential including accommodation, meals, tuition and materials (£256 non-residential).

For more details and bookings contact Higham Hall: email Tel 017687 76276 (2014 course details will be on their website in mid Jan 2014), or contact us

If you would like a hard copy of the Higham Hall Summer 2014 Brochure please contact Higham Hall and they will post one to you.

One Day Coracle Building "Quirky Workshops" at the Greystoke Cycle Cafe:

We ran very successful 1 day Coracle Building Workshops at the Cycle Cafe in 2012 & 2013, and they've asked Mark back to run more courses in 2014. A fun and fast paced day building coracles in teams of 3 or 4, with the chance to take home a completed coracle at the end of the course, or to order a kit of parts to make your own.

Cost £85 for adults and £45 for 12 to 18s accompanying an adult, for the day, including Annie's lovely lunch!

Materials +£110 per coracle

A great activity for families, a group of friends, or come along and join a group, have fun and make new friends.

More details on the "Quirky Workshops" Website, or contact Annie at the Cycle Cafe: Tel 017684 83984 or contact us.

For more information and course bookings please contact Mark Aplin:


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