I made this coracle from some plumbing materials I found in a skip. Building the frame was really pretty easy. It is made from ‘Floplast’ PVCU overflow pipe – it’s very easy to work – just heat it with a heat gun or hot water. I based the design on a willow coracle that I had.
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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