Firstly, to Treewright, Mungo and Suburban Bushwacker…… thanks for you comments re my recent laptop problems.
Last weekend I was at Assington Mill again to learn to make a coracle with instructor Olivia Elton Barratt. I should point out that there are many different designs and ways of making them and this is just one;
The seat was cut from sawn timber, a hole drilled in each corner and placed on flat ground. Pairs of willow wands were then selected for construction of the framework.
Once all the wands were in place, weaving between the wands could start to form the rim and help strengthen the frame. The weave starts under both ends of the seat and after one complete diameter of the coracle the second row is woven below the seat.
The vertical wands (or ribs) are then lashed together in opposing pairs to begin forming the shape of the coracle.