One day workshop were you will learn to mould and cast your own Bronze Age replica axe head. The day starts with an intro into bronze casting methodology and a safety talk. Then we will look at preparation of an item for moulding and mould making. After preparation of the furnace this will be fired to heat, metal prepared and the crucible filled. A demonstration pour will ensure everyone is familiar with the safest way to proceed. Then we will prepare moulds and look at common problems and how to avoid them. This usually takes us into lunch time. After lunch the furnace will be fired again and each participant will see their own axe being cast. Most of the remaining time will be taken with hand finishing the casts - fettling, grinding, polishing and if time allows decoration. The bulk of the day will be spent outdoors so please dress warmly and wear full length trousers (jeans) solid footwear and a thick coat. All safety gear will be provided - gloves, apron, face shield, etc. This workshop assumes some practical knowledge and ability, the use of tools, including power tools. The workshop location is in my studio in NW London and there is on-street parking. Workshops are weather dependent so in the case of postponement a minimum 24hrs notice will be given. If new date is not to your liking then a full refund will be given. These workshops are limited to three participants for safety and because there is no space for more! 10.00 - 15.00 with tea breaks and a lunch break. Coffee and tea provided, and there may be cake. It is a diary free household so soya or oatmilk. Please bring your own lunch. We have a microwave. It may be possible to cast your own shape, please get in touch to discuss.
What's included in the price?
Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts
Jonny Cope is a multi-media craftsman. He works across a range of crafts: blacksmithing, bladesmithing, bronze casting, silver smithing, wood work, leather craft, flint knapping, bushcraft skills and more. His key interest is the crafting of historical replicas and the continuation of a number of primitive skills. He is also a musician and offers workshops in a range of instruments and techniques.
- Hearing impaired
- Parking provided
- Father's Day
- Suitable for beginners
- Public transport