Cluaran Boat Building Project

Cluaran Log
Spring 2017
Wordsmithcrafts has been continuing to take the boat round schools, and hundreds of school children have no had the chance to practice rowing and get a fishes eye view of a tradition clinker built boat.

During the run up to Easter we experimented with ash laths and built a scale model for a frame for another Curragh. The scale model is 1:1 scale and if skinned, will make and interesting craft! A lot was learned in the process though, not least how handy it is to have a keel and stem and stern posts.

The boat has been bathed in soup ready for the summer. Progress continues in optimising the oars.

We have bookings for events in Oban, Perth and Dumfries, both on and off the water. We will be attending the Loch Fyne viking festival, but as rowers in other boats (this time).

Summer 2016
Caithness Viking Festival will feature an artistic exploration of a Viking Shipyard thanks to Cluaran. There will be scultural carving, willow ships lines activities, and of course the boat to go fishing in. Have you seen the Herring Dance?

https://caithnesshorizons.wordpress.com/education/caithness-viking-festival/

Novantae may disagree with the Selgovae and all Britains might want to raid cattle from the Cruithne Picts - but when the roman empire conducts a "training exersize" on the prominant Hill fort of Burnswalk who will answer for the suffering resulting from a rain of lead shot? Cluaran has been developing it's school visiting role with Wordsmithcrafts and Visiting Vikings to bring the Annan Museum exhibition to life.

Spring 2016
School visiting again! And a trip to http://www.fotevikensmuseum.se/d/en/home on a research trip. At a meeting of EXARC and IMTAL members with Destination Viking a load of new plans are being cooked up for Cluaran. Pict - Monk - Viking - Scot! what links all of them? The Sea.

Winter 2015
The boat is tucked away in a garage with a new roof. Another coat of boat soup and she will be ready for 2016

Summer 2015
Dumfries Museum for the Festival of Museums, Erskine Biker rally with Glasgow Vike, Rowing on Loch Arthur and Lake Windermere. Wood obtained to construct a steer oar and tiller/rudder. Youthbeatz in Dumfries.

Easter 2015
The school visiting season is over now. Time to take a breath! The boat is booked in for the Festival of Museums on May the 16th and work is progressing with Wordsmithcrafts using a combination of volunteers and professionals to make this resource available to primary schools throughout Scotland. We have even had a Norwegian volunteer with us already this year!

Winter 2014
School visiting with the boat went well in Spring this year. Repeat bookings are expected in spring 2015 for George Watson School in Edinburgh as well as various Dumfries schools. The project has shifted from the original intention to build boats, but is doing well in it's mission of raising awareness of the shared tradition of boat building.

Summer 2014
The Boat has been to Thurso and back! A week of setting up and down everyday was tiring, but well worth it. Alex McNeill has taken some amazing photos, and there is even video of us rowing with the Old Man of Hoy in the (distant) background.

January 2014

You can find the project newsletter here

December 2013

Time to give the boat another does of soup to keep it cozy this winter. A newsletter is doing the rounds, so if you are a settler and havn't got one yet , please let us know and we will get it to you. Photos of what we have accomplished can be found on the photos page and there will be a general meeting to decide the future of the project on Sunday the 12th of  January at Wordsmithcrafts Workshop.

August 2013
Things have been quite busy over the summer, and I'm afraid this log hasn't been kept up to date. However, with Largs Viking village just about to happen, here is a summary of what we have achieved so far:



Boat building

Gal Gael Ness Yole repaired and made water ready

Road trailer obtained

6 oars usable, at least 8 more in preparation

Curraghs and coracles researched, one curragh built and available to the project another in process of being built.

Exploration of shared culture

Theme birthday party and fundraising event

(including feast food, clothing, falconry, viking quiz)

Family Open afternoons;
January, March, April, May

Activities explored include, embroidery, natural dyeing (Alison Fair-Bixler), weaving, cooking, shared history timeline, dog breeds, oar making, hull treatment (boat soup), games.



On The Water

Buoyancy aids collected

Three rowing sessions

(Wiston lodge, Milton Loch X2)

Basic commands worked out, and at least six Cluaran members trained in rowing. About three times that number have had the opportunity to “mess about in boats” and have a pull on an oar.



Public displays

£150 has been raised raised from use of boat at educational events including a Wordsmithcrafts school visit to Georgetown primary school and a “Vikings” living history display at Crocketford Gala
High quality publicity photos (Alex McNeil photography)
April 2013
Research into cloth and natural dyes, Enquiries in progress about access to water to train on.
March 2013
We have a trailer, and one complete oar. Work is continuing.
February 2013
Update on the trailer. The boat weighs about 250kg including oars mast and spar. This means that a lighter trailer will do. Also we only need to support 15' of keel, the rest is overhang at the bow and stern.
January 2013
We are looking for a trailer!
Something that will take about 700kg and 5.48 X 1.6M (or  22'X 6')  of boat.

10th November
Boat Repairs nearing completion

28th April 2012
Medieval Crafts and Fundraising Feast
Thank you to everyone  that helped to make the feast a success! new pictures are online.

Next event on the water in Dumfries 30/06 -01/07 save the date!

9th April 2012
Medieval Crafts and Fundraising Feast
This is a feast run by volunteers, funds raised will go towards the Cluaran Boat Building Project

When: sat 21st April from 3pm
Where: West Hurlet House, G53 7TH
 Feast tickets £35 in advance (BYOB) email contact@cluaranhaven.org.uk

5th Feb 2012
A successful first settlers feast

check out the pictures now online:Settlers Feast