Coracle making - four day course

Coracle making - four day course

Duration: 4 days

Price: £452

Run by: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

01206 297110

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL

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About the Course

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 own coracle using willows for the framework and thin canvas for the skin, and hew your own paddle if time allows.

The group will be small, only four people maximum, to allow for individual tuition in the weaving and binding of the hull and gunwall of your craft.

A canvas and bitumin covering provides a waterproof skin where animal skin would have been used in prehistory. This technique also has a long history and is favoured by many coracle fishermen who continue the tradition, keeping these skills alive.

If all goes well, on the last day we should be on the river, not in it! Needless to say coracles take a bit of getting used to so be prepared for a dunking just in case!

Richard King trained as a biologist specialising in environmental science and this led him to understand the importance of eco-sustainable industries. He has spent over 10 years as a professional green wood worker and furniture maker.

Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses.

The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12.

Please click through to our website via the button above to book your place, or get in touch for more details.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Residential course fee includes:
-Full board accommodation including cooked breakfast, picnic lunch,
homemade cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary option
available.
-Up to 8 hours teaching time a day, plus relaxing breaks for meals and
refreshments.
-Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
-Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre
grounds.
-Transport during the courses.
-Insurance to cover cancellation, personal belongings, personal accident,
legal liability and medical emergency.

If you choose to be a non-resident on a residential course, the fee will include all
the above except accommodation and breakfast.

Please expect to reimburse the tutor for materials, approximately £25.



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Course Start Dates

Monday 30th July 2018

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