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
Traditional construction methods called for the use of an apple tree for the gunwhale. This would be cut and split in half, with the sections joined together with a cleat iron. The process would be repeated to create the aft gunwhale. Apple wood was used as it was more durable - important as the Taf is a narrow river with steep banks. Covering would be calico and pitch.
Some content provided from "Coracles of the World" by kind permission of Sir Peter Badge. Photography credits: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
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