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.
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.
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