Charity Partner Small Woods hold Coracle Making Event & Regatta

August 2019

Our charity partner Small Woods will hold their annual Coracle Making Event & Regatta.

Small Woods, a National charitable organisation who champion many endangered heritage greenwood crafts will celebrate the coracle with the event on Saturday 24th August. 

The event, which is highly popular and already sold out, will see participants create an 'Ironbridge' style coracle using simple tools and techniques, to suit all levels of experience and ability. The coracle, which is particularly iconic to the town of Ironbridge, 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.   

Local man Eustace Rogers had a small workshop situated close to the Ironbridge where he created many of this particular style of coracle. His work is being remembered through the creation of a coracle shed at the Greenwood Centre, home of Small Woods due to open in early 2020, to document the history of this vessel.  

Course participants will learn to select suitable ash laths, techniques for bending laths to shape, nailing, clenching nails, fixing and tailoring the calico cover ready for painting. They will leave with a finished coracle and paddle ready for the Coracle Regatta to take place on the River Severn at Ironbridge on the Bank Holiday Monday.

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