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.