My name is Dylan Jones and I am the Collections Manager at St Fagans:National History Museum. Apart from being responsible for the documentation at St Fagans I also look after the fishing and hunting collection which will be the main focus of my first blog. It will cover the work / preparation for the fishing weekend at St Fagans later on this month.
Follow the blog as I finalise details for the weekend which will include Karl Chattington, Coracle maker from the Cynon Valley, lave netsmen of the Severn estuary demonstrating their unique fishing skills and Hywel Morgan giving a demonstration on fly fishing. For the first time around the Netshouse we will also be preparing and cooking fish. I hasten to add it will not be me cooking!
Karl is no stranger to St Fagans and over the years he has been a popular attraction on site demonstrating his coracling skills on the ponds at Easter and in the summer months. Karl was part of the Welsh contingent that attended the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 2009. It was at this particular festival Karl constructed a Tywi coracle within two weeks of the festival – no mean achievement considering the lack of tools / weather conditions. Karl’s exploits at the festival can be read in a later blog.
I have already received some good news a few weeks ago with Martin Morgan, Secretary of the Blackrock Lave Net Fishermen Association confirming the presence of the fishermen at the festival. Good news indeed as the netsmen are very popular and informative. Beside showing the lave net Martin and his brother Richard will also bring with them fishing traps known as putchers and a putt which were once used on the Severn estuary until quite recently. Keep reading the blog to learn more about these hardy and unique fishermen.
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