Bring the bronze age to life and discover how metal became the new tool eventually replacing stone.
This is a three-day course
Day 1 Build a furnace capable of reaching temperatures of 1300 degrees and smelt copper from Malachite.
Build a smelting furnace, using natural materials such as clay, grog, horse manure and deer hair.
will-lord bronze cob making              will-lord bronze furnace buildingwill-lord bronze malachit crushing
Using a set of hand-made bellows we then bring the furnace up to temperature, crush Malachite and roast it.
We then empty the crucible into the charcoal so it can percolate down and transform into a copper ingot.
To complete the day we will then use the furnace to pour a  bronze replica of an axe into a mould so you can appreciate the full story of how the bronze age period began. 
            will-lord bronze flat axes  will-lord bronzetuyere                     will-lord bronze malachite              
Day 2 looking at lost wax casting techniques.
Lost wax casting.
Your day will start with you exploring how to work wax into models that you are going to cast into bronze, you will see different types of wax and learn how to shape weld and vent your project,
After making the model in wax you will be shown a variety of systems used to form an investment ( mould casing ) such as clay, plaster or other more modern systems.
will-lord bronze clay mould                      will-lord wax axe in jacket                             will-lord bronze steve     
Once we are happy that your wax model is well invested, they will be stored overnight to dry out and prepare for burning out and firing on day 3.                                                                    
Following this using modern casting sand you will learn how to pack a mould properly into pre made wooden formers to flat cast bronze artifacts such as knifes, axes.
Day 3 Burn out and casting
Your third day involves warming things up, first you burn out the wax and raise the temperature of the mould to pour into, while this is happening we will mix copper and tin to create our bronze in a crucible using a gas furnace system, this ensures we have molten metal at the exact time we need it. once you have made your project we will clean away any flash or irregularities to produce a finished work of art in bronze.
This course can accommodate 5 attendants To place a booking and see available dates please view our online shop.

This three day course is available  for £375 per person.  Spaces are limited so please confirm early. This course is self catered, refreshments included.

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