FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Coracle Making

  • Location: Flatford Mill
  • Tutor: Richard King
  • Dates: Monday 29 July 2019 to Friday 02 August 2019
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £470
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £370
  • NON-RESIDENT: £240

Coracle: 'A boat of skin-covered wicker' (Pocket Oxford Dictionary). A coracle is one of the most ancient boat designs, only a few small technical steps more advanced than a raft. During this week-long course you will be able to construct your own coracle using willows for the framework and thin canvas for the skin, and hew your own paddle if time allows. The group will be small to allow for individual tuition in the weaving and binding of the hull and gunwale of your craft. A canvas and bitumen covering provides a waterproof skin where animal skin would have been used in prehistory. This technique also has a long history and is favoured by many coracle fishermen who continue the tradition, keeping these skills alive. If all goes well, on the last day we should be on the river, not in it! Needless to say coracles take a bit of getting used to so be prepared for a dunking just in case! Expect to reimburse the tutor for materials, approximately £35.

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

Richard King trained as a biologist specialising in environmental science and this led him to understand the importance of eco-sustainable industries. He has spent over 10 years as a professional green wood worker and furniture maker with his work being in high demand across East Anglia.

Further Information

Course Details
About Flatford Mill
Directions to Flatford Mill


Select the booking option and quantity from the list below and add them to your basket.

Since the course starts within sixty days, we would ask you to pay the full amount.

RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £470


RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM) : £370


NON-RESIDENT : £240


View your basket