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Re: [EaldormereBlacksmithguild] Hammer In?

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  • Henrietta Verwey
    Hi Helmut I would be very interested in coming out for a hammer in at you museum, depending on the date. I ve decided not to do full time at my museum this
    Message 1 of 12 , Nov 28 5:05 AM
       Hi Helmut

      I would be very interested in coming out for a hammer in at you museum, depending on the date.  I've decided not to do full time at my museum this next summer but I'll still be working part time there and doing my own demo's too. Let me know as soon as you can on the dates. I'll even haul my A frame "tajma hall" tent  out for it too.

      Thanks for thinking of us

      Thora V


      On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Helmut's Forge <helmutsforge@...> wrote:
       

      I am working with a small museum in near Woodstock Ontario that has a 1890's Blacksmith shop. We have been talking about hosting a timeline blacksmithing event. The near by town of Tillsonburg was founded as an iron town because of large deposits of bog iron and was originally called Dereham Forge. So the area has a history of smithing.

      The site has lots of room for forges and camping, over 10 acres, is very accessible, virtually midway between Windsor and Toronto, about 20 minutes off the 401. They host a Civil war reenactment so the town is used to noisy events.

      Being a timeline event all types of equipment and costuming would be acceptable. I demonstrate with a 1790's charcoal forge for the War of 1812.

      Any interest.

      Helmut



      On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM, Henrietta Verwey <hverweybsmith@...> wrote:
       

      That sounds like I a great idea, I might even have my norse forge up and running by then too. 
      And if we get the same site as this year for Hare, there is a Huge front lawn (i''ll see if there are pics of it)  and more then enough space for us the armoured combatants and fencers and even dancers if they want.  Its a huge out door space for sure.

      I know historically accurate  is of great importance but I don't want to deter new smiths if they actually have a forge to bring out either.  I guess that'll be one for a discussion here as to what we would feel comfortable with and also ideas for bettering our own forges for demos, etc.  
      And yes, levels of experience  is really of importance too.  Maybe we could do a" this is a forge: anything in this area can kill you, even the blacksmith" (title copyrighted to me:) ) class during the day," a no touchy class but this is the important things to know class", is always important too.  Depends if the persons bringing out the forge just wants a fun day or a learning day. 
      Its finda like a car, you ask if you can drive it before  you try to get into the drivers seat.
      I know, baby steps first but I am  an enthusiast for smithing
       

      Thora V







       On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM, Darrell @ the Wareham Forge <wareham@...> wrote:
       


      > OH and I was thinking that maybe next year we could have a hammer in??? anyone interested??? if there's space that is.
      >
      > Lady Thora V

      Problem is always a combination of available space, more importantly available *time*.

      This suggests a camping event on both scores.

      One question:
      Historic or what is basically 'modern' equipment??

      This might be also defined by the objective - a demonstration, for skills development of the participants, or as public involvement. (And believe me, those are all quite different!)

      One thing I might mention is that the 20 year for Bonfield is coming up this year. I know it is later in the calendar, but also Finnvarr is a willing host for this kind of thing.

      I had been casting around for something to do a bit out of the ordinary. An iron smelt is under consideration, but I already have a proposed public demonstration smelt for early August (just after another possible L'Anse aux Meadows expedition for DARC).

      Bringing my own Viking Age equipment set up might prove much easier.

      Darrell / Sylard




    • Helmut's Forge
      I was looking at May, the weekends before the long holiday. We are still in the talking stage, I was about to see if there was interest from the smithing
      Message 2 of 12 , Nov 28 7:05 AM
        I was looking at May, the weekends before the long holiday. We are still in the talking stage, I was about to see if there was interest from the smithing community, before we went any further in the planning stage. I used to know of some traces of iron in the area but as to any that might be useful I will have to do more research. Tillsonburg's main street was designed to be wide enough to turn Ox wagons of ore around on it.

        On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:50 AM, Darrell Markewitz <wareham@...> wrote:
         

        Do you have a date range in mind Tim?

        Obviously, the connection with the bog iron interests me (considerably).
        Is there any kind of information available on the original source
        deposits - primarily if any of this material is still available?
        I have seen samples of bog ores from the Normandale area, which
        supported one of the earlier blast furnace complexes in Ontario. The
        remaining material (or the samples I saw anyway) would not support a
        smaller scale (more ancient) direct bloomery furnace.

        Depending on dates, I might be interested in mounting an iron smelt.
        Seems too good a matching of location history with a local expert.

        Would there be any funding support?

        Darrell
        --
        ****************************************



      • Helmut's Forge
        I do know they were using Bloomery furnaces as the main product was shovels and axes rather than cast items as was Normandale. The records show at the peak of
        Message 3 of 12 , Nov 28 7:16 AM
          I do know they were using Bloomery furnaces as the main product was shovels and axes rather than cast items as was Normandale. The records show at the peak of production they were useing as high as 60 acres of trees converted to charcoal per week. Normandale was the earliest but Dereham Forge was the biggest. Also some of the local villages supported 7 to 10 blacksmith shops at the time. So it was a very active iron industry.

          On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM, Helmut's Forge <helmutsforge@...> wrote:
          I was looking at May, the weekends before the long holiday. We are still in the talking stage, I was about to see if there was interest from the smithing community, before we went any further in the planning stage. I used to know of some traces of iron in the area but as to any that might be useful I will have to do more research. Tillsonburg's main street was designed to be wide enough to turn Ox wagons of ore around on it.


          On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:50 AM, Darrell Markewitz <wareham@...> wrote:
           

          Do you have a date range in mind Tim?

          Obviously, the connection with the bog iron interests me (considerably).
          Is there any kind of information available on the original source
          deposits - primarily if any of this material is still available?
          I have seen samples of bog ores from the Normandale area, which
          supported one of the earlier blast furnace complexes in Ontario. The
          remaining material (or the samples I saw anyway) would not support a
          smaller scale (more ancient) direct bloomery furnace.

          Depending on dates, I might be interested in mounting an iron smelt.
          Seems too good a matching of location history with a local expert.

          Would there be any funding support?

          Darrell
          --
          ****************************************




        • Turtle Weather
          Hail Helmut, I believe I met you at the historical merchants event at RBG last weekend(?). I d be interested in participating in a Hammer In, although as a
          Message 4 of 12 , Nov 29 5:05 AM
            Hail Helmut, I believe I met you at the historical merchants event at RBG last weekend(?).  I'd be interested in participating in a Hammer In, although as a novice only.  Thanks for posting!
             
            Sciath
             

            To: EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com
            From: helmutsforge@...
            Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:36:05 -0500
            Subject: Re: [EaldormereBlacksmithguild] Hammer In?

             
            I am working with a small museum in near Woodstock Ontario that has a 1890's Blacksmith shop. We have been talking about hosting a timeline blacksmithing event. The near by town of Tillsonburg was founded as an iron town because of large deposits of bog iron and was originally called Dereham Forge. So the area has a history of smithing.

            The site has lots of room for forges and camping, over 10 acres, is very accessible, virtually midway between Windsor and Toronto, about 20 minutes off the 401. They host a Civil war reenactment so the town is used to noisy events.

            Being a timeline event all types of equipment and costuming would be acceptable. I demonstrate with a 1790's charcoal forge for the War of 1812.

            Any interest.

            Helmut

            On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM, Henrietta Verwey <hverweybsmith@...> wrote:
             

            That sounds like I a great idea, I might even have my norse forge up and running by then too. 
            And if we get the same site as this year for Hare, there is a Huge front lawn (i''ll see if there are pics of it)  and more then enough space for us the armoured combatants and fencers and even dancers if they want.  Its a huge out door space for sure.

            I know historically accurate  is of great importance but I don't want to deter new smiths if they actually have a forge to bring out either.  I guess that'll be one for a discussion here as to what we would feel comfortable with and also ideas for bettering our own forges for demos, etc.  
            And yes, levels of experience  is really of importance too.  Maybe we could do a" this is a forge: anything in this area can kill you, even the blacksmith" (title copyrighted to me:) ) class during the day," a no touchy class but this is the important things to know class", is always important too.  Depends if the persons bringing out the forge just wants a fun day or a learning day. 
            Its finda like a car, you ask if you can drive it before  you try to get into the drivers seat.
            I know, baby steps first but I am  an enthusiast for smithing
             

            Thora V







             On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM, Darrell @ the Wareham Forge <wareham@...> wrote:
             

            > OH and I was thinking that maybe next year we could have a hammer in??? anyone interested??? if there's space that is.
            >
            > Lady Thora V

            Problem is always a combination of available space, more importantly available *time*.

            This suggests a camping event on both scores.

            One question:
            Historic or what is basically 'modern' equipment??

            This might be also defined by the objective - a demonstration, for skills development of the participants, or as public involvement. (And believe me, those are all quite different!)

            One thing I might mention is that the 20 year for Bonfield is coming up this year. I know it is later in the calendar, but also Finnvarr is a willing host for this kind of thing.

            I had been casting around for something to do a bit out of the ordinary. An iron smelt is under consideration, but I already have a proposed public demonstration smelt for early August (just after another possible L'Anse aux Meadows expedition for DARC).

            Bringing my own Viking Age equipment set up might prove much easier.

            Darrell / Sylard






          • Helmut's Forge
            Thank you all for the interest expressed. I will be attending a meeting with the museum people soon and because of that interest I will start the ball rolling.
            Message 5 of 12 , Dec 1, 2011
              Thank you all for the interest expressed. I will be attending a meeting with the museum people soon and because of that interest I will start the ball rolling. I already have started to see if I bcan get a supply of local bog iron, I do not know if I can get any of sufficient quality, but I will try. How much would be needed for a good attempt at a smelting demo? I am aware that it depends on the ore quality but a ball park figure would be helpful.
              Helmut

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