September sees the return of master blacksmith and expert in ancient metal working techniques Darrell Markewitz for the second part of the Turf to Tools project.

Following on from the first phase held at SSW in 2014 we will carry out further research into Pictish iron production and the creation of tools and artefacts.

During the two week project there will be opportunities to come and observe the iron smelting process and forge work demonstrations.

17th September: The crew will attempt to smelt locally sourced iron ore.

21st September: Darrell will show how to compact the bloom iron on the forge and convert it into a useable bar of iron.

22nd September: In the second forge session Darrel will demonstrate how to work the iron bar into tools.

27th September: Exploring the use of peat as a fuel, instead of charcoal in the iron smelting process.

Everyone is welcome to attend events, please contact SSW to confirm attendance and for more information.

01464 861372

TUFT TO TOOLS 2014 : https://scottishsculptureworkshop.wordpress.com/projects/from-turf-to-tools/

3 responses to “TURF TO TOOLS 2016

  1. T2T2 – Smelt One = 3.5 kg, slightly crumbly iron bloom.
    The team worked together extremely well. The furnace performed wonderfully. Letch Mine iron ore proved to produce a lot of iron rich tap slag, but in the end was on the lower end of effective iron production. 42.5 kg ore into 3.5 bloom iron is roughly an 8% yield.
    Conculsion: There is certainly enough iron available in the ore remaining at Lecht for successful operation of an ancient Pictish style bloomery iron furnace. However the low yield against the expenditure of time, labour and especially charcoal resources suggests a richer source of iron ore would be more viable.
    * Darrell *

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