Iron Age ring knife - 15th February 2020 10-4pm
Guided by professional blacksmith and living historian, Thomas B Timbrell of Big Beynon's Blacksmithing, you will find out what it takes to forge yourself a Celtic (Iron Age) ring knife using the tools and equipment of Iron Age Britain as well as discover the history of iron working in Ancient Europe.
Beginning with a safety briefing and a lesson on using bellow operated, charcoal fuelled forges, you will begin forging your knife out of mild steel, with each step being demonstrated before hand. Over the course of the day, you will work in pairs on the forge to each produce a knife which will then be completed using files, sharpening stones and hammer hardening techniques. The end result will be a fully functional knife made in an authentic way and comparable to the knives of the time."
Full PPE will be provided for participants
Safety requirements for forging:
- clothes worn for the course need to be made of wool, cotton or linen- no synthetics as these can melt to the skin.
- sturdy footwear to be worn, no converse, trainers or Doc Martens
Note for participants:
On this course, please remember that you will be pumping bellows and hammering both hot and cold metal which can cause vibrations in your arm. I maintain that you don't need great strength to attend the course but please be aware that it does involve physical activities. As such, if you have any concerns then please do get in touch.
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself.. Refreshments are provided on the day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.
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