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, Sunday 18 May, 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 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. Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

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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. 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.Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

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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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Bronze casting, Saturday 6 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 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.Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

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Introduction to Blacksmithing 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 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.Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

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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. 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.Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

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Silver Working from Scratch. Saturday 21st September. £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 22nd September. £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.

Book Here

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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. 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. Jim will advise you on how to complete your work at home.

Workshop FAQs