ALL aboard! The guys from Frome Men’s shed made an appearance at the Cheese Show earlier this month – showcasing their handmade, oar powered floatation device – the almighty coracle. It was made for a race which took place in July – after the Welsh Men’s Sheds Association threw down the gauntlet late last year.
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