I started experiments with the construction of coracles and other boats about twenty years ago. For the last five years, I have been presenting Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman lifestyles, investigating various techniques used in those times such as hunting, cordage, and food preparation. Long-term project: an examination of the Roos Carr boat model and possible reconstruction of a version that is to be paddled.
I experiment using natural cordage to sew boat planks.
Currently, I am making copper alloy shields to look at possible Bronze Age fighting styles along with intense martial art practice with appropriate weaponry. This planned project is a prehistoric reconstruction of a house in our own woodland. One of the early successful projects was the reconstruction of a Bronze Age Kayak based on evidence from an excavation of a grave at Barns Farm, Dalgety, Fife, Scotland.
I enjoy contact and discussion with EXARC members and feel it is time to join them.