Coracle build begins

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Cliff Benson from the Sea Trust has been in touch. They plan to mark St David's Day as the beginning of their sea going coracle build.

Known in Welsh as a 'cwrwgl' and in Irish as a 'currach' these boats made of hazel, willow withies and cow hides would have been a familiar sight on both sides of the Irish Sea in St David's time.

As boats are traditionally given feminine names she will be named 'Non' after St David's mother.

Builder Peter Faulkner, an expert in constructing skin boat thinks 'Non' will be finished in around 10 days time.

The coracle is being built at the Ocean Lab in Fishguard Harbour so that the public can go along and watch as the build progresses.

Once completed 'Non' will be on display at the Ocean Lab and will also be used to promote a number of forthcoming events.

A coracle from 1948:

Sea Trust volunteers Tony Lucas and Ian Hotchin will complete the build team along with Peter, Gaynor Mc Morrin of Fishguard Arts Society will be filming the project along with ITV Wales.

Time lapse photography has been arranged by Mike Isted of Pembrokeshire County Council.

The whole project has been supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Pembrokeshire County Council.

Coracle fishing on the River Teifi on - You Tube.

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