Coracle Building at Vilas Pool

We will be doing a 3-day Coracle Building Workshop at Vilas Pool July 1-3, 10am-2pm! This is a fantastic mixed-age activity and engaging for the whole family, we strongly encourage kids from aged 7 – 107 to attend. We will be building boats in teams of 4-6 participants. Kids are welcome to attend on their own however must be at least 10 years old (and have parent permission).   Kids under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (whether you help build the boat, or turn them loose to us is up to you – but we ask you stay on location due to safety concerns).

Pre-registration is required. We will not be allowing any sign-ups on site the day of the workshop. We need an accurate count of participants prior to the day of class in order to determine the number of boats being built, paddles required and amount of building materials. This course is by donation to cover cost of materials and open pricing allows you to set your own price.  Want to attend as a family group and build your own Coracle that you keep?  Fantastic, we do ask that you donate accordingly to cover the cost of materials.

Do you reside in Alstead? Then your attendance is FREE courtesy of the Vilas Pool Park Committee – please sign up via Sign Up Genius through this link Sign Up!  Not a resident of Alstead?  Please sign up by “Naming Your Price” and hit the “Add to Cart” button below.

What’s a Coracle you ask?  Great question – continue reading below….

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Description

Lightweight and propelled using a single paddle, the Coracle, a small round boat made by weaving and lashing saplings, and covered with a waterproof “skin” (we’ll be using cotton canvas), is a traditional boat found in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Western England. We will be building our Coracles in two days – that includes foraging for our saplings and weaving the frame on Thursday, then fitting, sewing, and water-proofing the canvas skin with latex house paint by mid-day Friday.  Saturday July 3, we launch the boats into the pool (weather dependent)!

This is a fantastic mixed-age activity and engaging for the whole family, we strongly encourage kids from aged 7 – 107 to attend. We will be building boats in teams of 4-6 participants. Kids are welcome to attend on their own however must be at least 10 years old (and have parent permission).   Kids under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (whether you help build the boat, or turn them loose to us is up to you – but we ask you stay on location due to safety concerns).

This course is by donation to cover cost of materials and open pricing allows you to set your own price.  Pre-registration is required. We need an accurate count of participants prior to the day of class in order to determine the number of boats being built, paddles required and amount of building materials.  Want to attend as a family group and build your own Coracle that you keep?  Fantastic, we do ask that you donate accordingly to cover the cost of materials.

Questions about this workshop?  Send us an email! heather@millhollowworks.org

The instructor for this class, Wade Smith, professional boatbuilder and boatbuilding instructor has been building boats of all shapes and sizes, with all variety of materials, for the better part of 30 years.

 

 

Additional information

Dates July 1, 2021 to July 3, 2021