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18 boat building & coracle making workshops found

Boat building, boat restoration and maintenance courses and coracle making workshops across the UK.

West Midlands - Next course on 18th September 2019
My name is Julie and I'm an accredited Senior Journeyman in decorative art with the Waterways Craft Guild and I have been teaching narrow boat art for over 12 years. My training course will take place in the log cabin in my garden. The content of the course will be to decorate a wall hanging dinner plate with canal art roses, daisies and a canal art castle scene using enamel boat paint, sign writer’s brushes...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 3rd August 2019
Discover Britain's forgotten crop - flax. All true linen is made from flax. During the day you will be shown all the processes for working flax from seed to cloth. You will also have the opportunity of working through the processes to produce fibre ready for spinning and/or cord and rope making. A chance to dress a distaff and have a go at drop spinning. Anyone interested in the process and practice of weaving and...
You will start the day with an opportunity to try one of our canoes on the river here. We will then decide together the length and style of your paddle, and the timber you want to work with (the options include Spruce, Ash, Mahogany, and other timbers as they are available). You will use a range of traditional tools to shape your paddle, and I can give you as much (or as little) help as...
In traditional boatbuilding, the half model was often the starting point for the design of a boat. Shaped out of a solid block by hand and eye, the hull would be created intuitively. For us it’s a great way to learn how to read boat plans and how to use hand tools to turn 2D into 3D. We will be working with drawknifes, block planes, spokeshaves and chisels to create the complex curves of the...
Oxfordshire - Next course on 19th October 2019
Make your own canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre under the tutorship of master boatbuilder Colin Henwood. During this two-day course, led by award-winning boat builder Colin Henwood, you will learn how to shape a single canoe paddle from ash using hand tools. Make your own canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre, working with ash – Britain's superior native hardwood. Using traditional skills and tools you will produce a complex shape with hand...
Oar making is a fine and subtle art; part sculpture, part science- making something strong yet lightweight. We will talk about how to size an oar properly and how to select timber, before moving on to make an oar each, using hand tools from drawknifes and spokeshaves to handplanes. If you would like to make oars for a specific boat, we can help to make sure they are the right size. We can also provide...
Shropshire - Next course on 23rd August 2019
Build an Ironbridge style coracle using simple tools and techniques to suit all levels of experience and ability. The coracle has been around for thousands of years, evolving as a cheap, simple boat that anybody could make and use for all sorts of short river work, particularly fishing. You will learn to select suitable ash laths, techniques for bending laths to shape, nailing, clenching nails and fixing and tailoring the calico cover ready for painting....
Argyll and Bute
As part of our commitment towards broadening the reach of traditional craft, and creating discussion around the role it can play in society, we are offering this special week in our programme as an artist residency. This is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the traditional techniques and materials of boatbuilding, and to refresh your practice in a beautiful location. As with our core residential boatbuilding course, we will build one Caravelle rowing skiff...
Argyll and Bute
ooking for something different for the school holidays? How about building a boat as a family? We’re teaming up with Haund an ee, experts in creative youth work, to offer something new. Over the week, each family (ages 7-16) will build a boat of their own to take away. We will be making the Echo Bay Dory Skiff – a 11’7” simple flat bottomed boat, the smaller sister of the Caravelle which we build on...
Suffolk - Next course on 5th August 2019
Coracle making four day residential course at Flatford Mill in Suffolk. Coracle: 'A boat of skin-covered wicker' (Pocket Oxford Dictionary). Coracles were traditionally woven boats covered with hides. They were used for fishing in estuaries or for floating commercially produced timber down river. A coracle is one of the most ancient boat designs, only a few small technical steps more advanced than a raft. During this extended course you will be able to construct your...

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