Bronze Sword Workshop

29 - 30 June 2013

A two day workshop exploring the manufacture of bronze swords in the late bronze age. The group will work together to cast a sword in a clay mould using charcoal and bronze age methods. Then each participant will work on their own Ewart Park sword, cleaning , forging and looking at different ways handles were fitted.

Last year we looked at the production of the first , small swords of the bronze age. This is a much larger, later model, the most prolific sword of its time that was manufactured in the British Isles. It illustrates the development of leaf shaped blades through the late bronze age. It has an elegant double edged leaf blade tapering from the handle before flaring out to the widest point one third of the way from the end, then narrowing to the tip.

TUTOR Neil Burridge has been a longstanding tutor of bronze age technologies, appearing on several documentary programmes. More details can be seen on his website

His courses are very hands on and accessible to those with no previous metalworking experience. All tools and safety equipment will be provided.

Teaching times 10.00 Sat - 4.00 Sun

Cost of course 240 Includes materials, lunch, tea breaks. Various types of accommodation are available on the farm . see Accommodation for details.

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Old Chapel Farm, Tylwch, Llanidloes, Powys  SY18 6JR   |   Telephone: 01686 412744   |   Email:

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