Session Title

Iron Smelting Demonstration (A Workshop)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art

Organizer Name

Steven A. Walton

Organizer Affiliation

Michigan Technological Univ.

Presider Name

Steven A. Walton

Paper Title 1

Medieval Iron Smelting Demonstration

Presenter 1 Name

Darrell Markewitz

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Wareham Forge

Start Date

11-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Swan Pond

Description

The process of making iron in the direct method--that is, making a blacksmith-ready, forgeable bloom of iron rather than turning out cast iron which would need to be refined -- is a mysterious process to the modern scholar. While we understand that iron was ubiquitous in the Middle Ages, we often tend to focus on precious metals and on product rather than process. Come see the end of the day-long smelt that will by 5pm turn out a bloom of glowing iron ready for forging on the anvil. Volunteers for helping build the furnace on Friday and to help charge it throughout the day on Saturday are welcome.

Steven A. Walton

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

Iron Smelting Demonstration (A Workshop)

Swan Pond

The process of making iron in the direct method--that is, making a blacksmith-ready, forgeable bloom of iron rather than turning out cast iron which would need to be refined -- is a mysterious process to the modern scholar. While we understand that iron was ubiquitous in the Middle Ages, we often tend to focus on precious metals and on product rather than process. Come see the end of the day-long smelt that will by 5pm turn out a bloom of glowing iron ready for forging on the anvil. Volunteers for helping build the furnace on Friday and to help charge it throughout the day on Saturday are welcome.

Steven A. Walton