As part of this summer's efforts to get out of the lab, away from uni and learn new things (my version of going on excavation) I have just returned from an extremely intensive and exhausting three days learning the basic smithing techniques required to make a sword in an Iron Age style. That's right people… Continue reading Smithing course!
I'm just back from a week in Cornwall doing some 'hobby foundry' work. The aim of the week was to build a functional charcoal-fuelled furnace and cast some small objects in brass. Calling it 'experimental archaeology' would be a bit false, considering we used a iron tuyure pipe, a brick-built furnace and a hoover, but… Continue reading Quick Update: Furnace Building and Teaching Thoughts