Metal working with copper, bronze, silver and iron using traditional techniques to learn new skills and make a variety of objects.
Bronze casting, Roman sword, Blacksmithing, Silver work.
Learn Something Old
Bronze Casting Workshop, £165 per person. Saturdays, 30th of June, 7th of July and 25th of August (one place only in August)
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. These knives were used as domestic cutlery. We use modern equipment to help ensure good results. These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from Jim as you work.
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For an alternative date for an introduction to Bronze casting with Jim Clift, please contact Butser Ancient Farm. £165 per person.
Make a Roman Gladius sword with Rod Hughes. 23 and 24 June, and 7 and 8 July, £460
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.
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!
Introduction to Blacksmithing with Joe Tyler. 29 July, £120 SOLD OUT
Please contact us to let us know if you would like to be contacted for future blacksmithing workshops.
Professional blacksmith, Joe Tyler will teach you the basics of blacksmithing over the day. You will learn to 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. Maximum of four participants.
Silver working from scratch with Neil Burridge. 11 August, £100
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 to make your own jewellery that does not cost the earth. No experience is necessary. Tutor Neil Burridge
Viking ring workshop with Neil Burridge. 12 August, £100
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 on other projects. Tutor Neil Burridge.
Introduction to Bronze casting with Jim Clift. £165 per person
Please contact Butser Ancient Farm to arrange a workshop date to suit you.
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. These knives were used as domestic cutlery. These workshops are limited to two participants, so you have lots of help and attention from Jim as you work.
Two day Historical Blacksmithing with Joe Tyler. 1st and 2nd September, £240. One place left.
If you have completed one of Joe Tyler’s introduction to blacksmithing courses you can now join this special skills weekend where you can make Saxon arrowheads or decorative Iron Age metalwork based on metalwork from the Butser Ancient Farm Iron Age houses. Maximum of four participants.