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Bronze Smelting and Casting

Teaming molten Bronze into a mould, on the Bronze smelting course at the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre

Duration: One day (9:30am-4pm)

Price: £85

Book with: Fay Kenyon
at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
S7 2QZ

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About the Course

Bronze Smelting and Casting

Introduction to metallurgy:
Looking at the evidence for the first use of metals. It reviews the archaeological evidence and considers the problems for those wishing to reconstruct the processes.

Pulling swords from Stones: The smelting of minerals:
Working in groups of 2-3 this session provides you with the opportunity to transform minerals in to metal. You will reconstruct some of the earliest processes used by humans to win metal from the earth.

Casting and cursing: The production of bronze artefacts:
In this second practical session you will explore the possibilities for early bronze casting using authentic materials. You will learn to master the bellows and furnace and how to manage crucibles and hot metal. You will work towards producing a bronze artefact using the metal smelted in the earlier practical

Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9:30am start
Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate.
Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website.
What to bring: work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs

Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee)
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All metal and tool use is included. Refreshments and biscuits throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch

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I went on the course because I wanted to understand the processes behind smelting and casting. It's given me a much greater appreciation of the amount of effort and patience that went into creating Bronze Age objects. Roger was really knowledgeable and I appreciated the way he encouraged us to just get on with it, while guiding us with each stage. I came away feeling that I'll never look at a metal object in a museum in the same way again.

- - #18184

Great course. Roger, the tutor, was a wealth of information and a great communicator. When we went outside he showed the way to extract the copper from the ore and turn it into metal. Then we loaded up the larger crucibles and went for the bigger casts.
It was a great day with good people in a fantastic environment.

- - #18176

This was a most enjoyable and informative day with great group of people.
The tutor was highly knowledgeable, yet the atmosphere was informal and friendly, with a like minded bunch all keen to learn.
The small group of just six plus the tutor made this a great learning opportunity and all questions, basic or not were answered fully. Be prepared to take your turns on a gigantic set of bellows!
You'll learn enough to gain the confidence to have a go at smelting at home without a significant outlay on equipment.
This is a rare opportunity that I'd waited some time for but it was definitely worth it and I can't recommend this course highly enough.

- - #13744

Fantastic day out! The instructor was thorough, patient and highly knowledgable. We spent the morning learning the process of melting down copper ore into usable metallic copper, a magical process! The afternoon was spent melting down bronze in the crucible, designing sand moulds and finally casting our own bronze axe heads. Be prepared to get involved with everything and be ready to pump those bellows! Highly recommended course.

- - #13646

Expert leader - an archaeologist / ancient metallurgist from Sheffield Uni. Interesting discussions and great hands-on experience smelting copper from malachite and then casting a bronze axe head. Feel confident having a go at replicating some of what I've learnt in the garden at home.

- - #13550

Very enjoyable course, knowledgeable tutors and lots to learn. I enjoyed the inclusive just have a go attitude and will be booking on another course very soon. Thanks to all who make this happen.

- - #2319

A wonderful day from start to finish. The course leader was extemely knowledgeable and I learned things I wasn't aware of. It was presented in a really interesting way. Course leader was very patient and explained each step in an understandable manner.

The timing of the activities, facilities and atmosphere was brilliant. A totally unique experience that I would love to do again. Magical setting too. I have already recommended this day to friends and family and will be keeping an eye out for future events.

A day to remember :)

- - #2317

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