Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.
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 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, only four people maximum, 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.
Tutor: Richard KingRichard 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.
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.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Good outdoor wear, leather work gloves and boots strongly advised.
- Be prepared to get wet!