Coracles (from the Welsh "cwrwgl") have a history dating back thousands of years. The coracle was originally covered with animal skins and in some countries they are still made this way. In Wales they are now skinned with calico which is waterproofed using a bitumastic paint. For those interested in researching the subject there are two excellent resources. The National Coracle Centre is to be found at Cenarth Falls, Newcastle Emlyn, Dyfed. Martin Fowler has a display which illustrates the history and diversity of the craft. He tells me that 12 people have licences to fish the River Teifi for salmon and sea trout using the coracle. The Centre can supply the woven, Teifi-style coracle and instruct in its use.
Cwrwgl (Coracle) Welsh traditional boats