Building and Sailing Coracles

In May, Dave Purvis came into the school for two days to work with eight pupils on the art of coracle building.

The idea was to replicate the traditional craft of coracle building as closely as possible, Dave brought all the materials.

The laths for the frame are made from Ash, these were cut especially and soaked for three days before using them.

Once the frame has been constructed by interweaving the laths we covered the outer shell with Calico.

The Calico is stitched and made smooth.

On completion it is covered with 3 coats of bitumen and left to dry.

The paddles are made from broom sticks with an ash blade.

We then took the Coracles to Port Seton Harbour for their maiden voyage.

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