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 calico/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 for willow or £290 for timber lathing. A maximum of 6 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 timber lathing to make the coracle frame. Willow courses usually run in the late winter & spring to use fresh willow which bends well. Timber lath courses run throughout the year.
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.
Coracle building is a great activity for families, or a group of friends, or come along and join in, have fun and make new friends.
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 introductory membership of The Coracle Society (1 membership per coracle).
Please note our November 2015 Course at Higham Hall is now fully booked - we have added a Coracle Building Course on 10th & 11th September 2015 to our schedule, and will be running another course at Higam in 2016.
Higham Hall was a new venue for Overwater Boats in 2013, we are really pleased to be running another coracle building course in November 2015 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.
Our 2015 course at Higham Hall runs 18:30 Friday 13th to 16:00 Sun 15th November 2015. Fees £140 per coracle for materials plus £219 pp residential or £157pp non-residentail.
If you would like a hard copy of the Higham Hall Brochure please contact Higham Hall and they will post one to you.
For more information and course bookings please contact Mark Aplin:
Telephone: 07966 631 335
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