Friday, 10 July 2009

Terry Kenny coracle maker

This is the last of my photos from Norfolk Show, I wanted to share the work of Terry Kenny a coracle maker from Newport Shropshire. Terry has done a great deal to popularise the coracle over the last 20 years, up until the 1950's coracles were primarily used for fishing with nets on rivers like the Severn and Teifi. The craft declined with the fishing industry but over the last 20 years there has been a resurgence of interest in these craft as people go on courses make a coracle and use it to potter about on ponds, rivers and canals.

I went on a course and built a coracle with Terry about 16 years ago whilst I was still working for the National Trust, back then there were few people running courses but now a google search gives many pages of coracle courses. Terry helped set up the coracle society in 1990 see their website here and many of the folk running courses today probably learned from him.

The coracle is a simple boat to build, delightful to use and great fun to go on a two short course and come away with your own boat to paddle around in. Here is Terry's website

And a few of the pictures you will see there.

If you want to do this I would recommend a kayak..

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