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Arran currach part 2

More from Alan Byde on his Aran currach: Michies ‘plans’ for building St Caoman was a dark pitch stained stick about 5 feet long, 3 inch by 1 inch. It had notches on the edge and some lines scratched on … Continue reading

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Aran currach

It always amazes me the power of the internet to connect people who share a common interest. After I posted about the launch of our Dunfanaghy curach, 369starchild wrote: August 1969 Inishere, Galway Bay, Michie Conneelly built me a 3 man … Continue reading

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Curach launched

Sunday was a gorgeous blue-skied day and perfect weather to take the curach out for it’s public launch at Bowness in the Lake District. Edward was already there when Ian, Susan and I arrived and we carried the curach down … Continue reading

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Curach painting

While I’ve been away on holiday in Austria raking a hay meadow Edward and Romola have been busy at Sprint Mill painting the curach with bitumen roofing paint ready for the launch in Windermere on Sunday March 25th. Fingers crossed that … Continue reading

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Skinning the Curach

The day finally arrived last week to skin the curach. To be honest, this is one of the parts we’ve had some trepidation about; the instructions we’re working with get a bit vague at this stage and sewing isn’t a … Continue reading

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Curach progress

We’ve had a couple more meetings together to work on the curach project which is coming along nicely. To bend the hazel couples into shape for the ribs we discussed the use of steam and bending formers. As the width … Continue reading

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Curach frame building

The curach project is underway. Yesterday Edward, Ian and I spent a terrific day working together at Sprint Mill to build the frame from spruce. A local carpenter had machined the pieces to size for us and Edward’s son kindly … Continue reading

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Curach builders' meeting

This week I met with Ian & Edward to discuss our currach building project. I’ve been thinking about another boat project since I finished the recovery kayak and I was attracted to the curach as another lightweight skin-on-frame boat. The … Continue reading

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