Metal work workshops 2019

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Metal work in Copper, Bronze, Silver and Iron.

Butser Ancient Farm offers a range of metal working workshops for 2019. From the crafting of delicate jewellery, working with softer metals, to the heat and fire of bronze and steel. Our tutors will guide you through the process and your efforts will be rewarded through the creation of a work with your own hands.

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Bronze casting, tutor James Clift. We run many bronze workshops throughout the year conducted by bronzesmith James Clift.

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Here are examples of the reproduction bronze objects you can choose from: there are two types of Halstatt knife, two types of palstave axe head, a chalcolithic flat axe and Egyptian-type axe, as well as the Wilburton sword. For more information and detailed images of each, please enquire.

We do have a number of bronze axe /knife workshops scheduled throughout the year. Please scroll down the page for dates and details. They do sell out quickly, and dates may not suit your needs. If none of the dates suits, James is more than happy to schedule one especially to suit your timetable.

To arrange a bespoke bronze axe or knife workshop date, please email us: volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk

Workshop prices for axes and knives are £175.00 per person.The bronze sword blade workshop are £200.00 per person.  All workshops are for two people and booking fees apply. Sword workshops are booked by contacting us and we will arrange a date to suit your schedule.

To arrange a bespoke bronze sword workshop date, please email us: volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk

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Introduction to Copper Repousse. Sunday 19th May. £90. Tutor Wez Cole

This workshop is designed for total newcomers to metal work. You will learn how to make tools to work copper sheet and then try some basic techniques with the aim of getting to a position where you can improve your skills at home.

You will learn how to bring copper sheet alive with artwork by striking the copper, either with specialist hammers or striking tools into the copper, to give you the desired effect.  We will provide some basic designs for you to try. You will discover how to acquire and or make the necessary tools, how to anneal the metal ready for working and how to move copper so that you can build on your basic skills at home.

This will be a very hands on workshop but unlike steel work, copper repousse has relatively low physical demands so it’s a great stepping stone to other metal workshops available at Butser Ancient Farm.  All tools and materials will be provided.

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Bronze casting, Saturday 15 June, tutor James Clift. £175 per person, maximum of two people. One place available.

Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of one of two types of middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby, or a replica of one of two antenna knives from the late Bronze Age, used as domestic cutlery, a generic Egyptian 11th Dynasty axe, or generic Chalcolithic (‘Copper Age’) axe.

These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from James as you work. At the end of the workshop you will have a sand-cast, knife or axe head. The piece is rough cast, ready for finishing, polishing and edging according to your own preference. James will advise you on how to complete this aspect of your work at home.(Please note: no haft is supplied with the axe head, but James provides a haft-making service or can give you advice on making your own as another great project).

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Silver Working from Scratch. Saturday 22nd June. £110. Tutor Neil Burridge

A chance to get yourself started in basic silver using simple techniques, no expensive fancy tools or complex methods. Learn how to work, shape, decorate silver and join silver. The perfect introduction for anyone keen to get started in the art of working silver.

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Viking Silver Ring Workshop. Sunday 23rd June. £110. Tutor Neil Burridge

Working with pure silver the colour of the moon which is a joy to work. In this workshop you will make two rings and explore different techniques used from ancient times.

We will make one spiralled ring and one from the Viking age with punch decoration. Using hammering, twisting and soldering you should be able use these skills later.

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Viking Helmet workshop. Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, and Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July. £480 Tutor Wez Smith. Four day workshop over two weekends. Blacksmith and armourer Wez Smith will guide you through the process of cold forging and riveting your own Viking spectacled helmet.

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Bronze casting, Saturday 6 July, tutor James Clift. £175 per person, maximum of two people. One place available.

Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of one of two types of middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby, or a replica of one of two antenna knives from the late Bronze Age, used as domestic cutlery, a generic Egyptian 11th Dynasty axe, or generic Chalcolithic (‘Copper Age’) axe.

These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from James as you work. At the end of the workshop you will have a sand-cast, knife or axe head. The piece is rough cast, ready for finishing, polishing and edging according to your own preference. James will advise you on how to complete this aspect of your work at home.(Please note: no haft is supplied with the axe head, but James provides a haft-making service or can give you advice on making your own as another great project).

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We can also offer bespoke dates to suits you, or Wilburton sword casting workshops. For more information email us at: volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk

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Introduction to Blacksmithing SOLD OUT Sunday 7 July, £120. Tutor Joe Tyler

Professional blacksmith, Joe Tyler will teach you the basics of blacksmithing over the day. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and make a fire poker or candle holder to take home with you. No experience is necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and able to use a hammer.

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Bronze casting, Saturday 20 July, tutor James Clift. £175 per person, maximum of two people.

Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of one of two types of middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby, or a replica of one of two antenna knives from the late Bronze Age, used as domestic cutlery, a generic Egyptian 11th Dynasty axe, or generic Chalcolithic (‘Copper Age’) axe.

These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from James as you work. At the end of the workshop you will have a sand-cast, knife or axe head. The piece is rough cast, ready for finishing, polishing and edging according to your own preference. James will advise you on how to complete this aspect of your work at home.(Please note: no haft is supplied with the axe head, but James provides a haft-making service or can give you advice on making your own as another great project).

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We can also offer bespoke dates to suits you, or Wilburton sword casting workshops. For more information email us at: volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk

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Make a Roman Gladius Sword, four-day workshop Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, and Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August. £500 per person.

Ever dreamed of owning your own hand-crafted sword? Join tutor Rod Hughes for a four day Gladius sword making course over two weekends, and go home with your own Roman Gladius sword. See Rod’s website: rodhughes.org
The course includes teaching and assistance from a replica bladesmith, to create and take away your own Mainz or Pompeii style Gladius. It will cover a range of skills that would have been required to construct this iconic weapon, including:

  • Forging a steel blade into the correct length and profile, finishing and heat treatment using period techniques.
  • Hilting with a combination of cast and shaped materials.
  • Components may be sculpted and cast in metals including copper, bronze or silver, and grips may be fashioned from wood, bone or faux ivory.

This is a high level, semi-bespoke course. Materials, components and level of assistance can be modified depending on the student’s needs, preferences and skill level. Suitable for an enthusiastic beginner to multi-skilled student. For long distance travellers we can also suggest local accommodation – just ask!

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Two day Blacksmithing, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August, £240. Tutor Joe Tyler

Professional blacksmith, Joe Tyler will teach you the basics of blacksmithing over the weekend. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and make a fire poker or candle holder to take home with you. On the second day you will have a chance to improve your skills and make a tripod set or a set of candle holder. No experience is necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and able to use a hammer.

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Bronze casting, Sunday 31 August, tutor James Clift. £175 per person, maximum of two people. One place available.

Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of one of two types of middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby, or a replica of one of two antenna knives from the late Bronze Age, used as domestic cutlery, a generic Egyptian 11th Dynasty axe, or generic Chalcolithic (‘Copper Age’) axe.

These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from James as you work. At the end of the workshop you will have a sand-cast, knife or axe head. The piece is rough cast, ready for finishing, polishing and edging according to your own preference. James will advise you on how to complete this aspect of your work at home.(Please note: no haft is supplied with the axe head, but James provides a haft-making service or can give you advice on making your own as another great project.

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Introduction to Bronze casting with Jim Clift. £175  per person

We can arrange workshops for anyone interested on a flexible date basis. Please contact Butser Ancient Farm to arrange a workshop date to suit you.

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Learn the art of bronze casting and make your own axe or knife. You can choose to make a replica of a middle Bronze Age Palstave axe head found nearby in the Meon valley, or a replica of an antennae knife from the late Bronze Age, used as domestic cutlery.

These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from Jim as you work. At the end of the workshop you will have a sand-cast, knife or axe head. The piece is rough cast, ready for finishing, polishing and edging according to your own preference. James will advise you on how to complete this aspect of your work at home.(Please note: no haft is supplied with the axe head, but James provides a haft-making service or can give you advice on making your own as another great project).

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