“In 1978 I ran into a friend, Hugh Curran, at the coin-operated laundry in Ellsworth, Maine.
He saw one of my handmade laundry baskets, and he remarked that it reminded him of a miniature version of the boats, or coracles, his uncle once had built in Ireland.
They were used for salmon fishing on the rivers.
The possibility of making such a boat, based on a basket form covered with hide or cloth, really appealed to me. Hugh wasn’t sure if anyone was still building coracles, but he wrote to his uncle to inquire…”
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