The new BBC series "Britain Afloat" is now available to view. The episode "The Coracle" will be broadcast on BBC Two/BBC Two HD on Saturday, 7th October at 8pm (exc Scotland - see local listings for details) or is available now via the BBC iPlayer
How to build a coracle
Coracles are very simple vessels, consisting of a basketframe, a seat and a waterproof cover. There are no hard and fast rules for their construction and as such, every coracle is unique. Measurements can be adapted to meet the needs of the user; different materials can be used depending on what is available.
Below we detail how an Ironbridge coracle can be built. Many thanks to Terry Kenny for providing his instructions to use in this guide. Measurements are for guidance only and will build a boat for the average adult
*galvanised nails can be substituted for staples. Use of an electronic staple gun is recommended
It is important that your laths are freshly cut prior to use. This makes them easier to work with and reduces the chances of constant breakages