Making iron at WW

Lord Gerald Loosehelm, of the Barony of Jararvellir in Northshield, reports that he has posted a number of videos on iron smelting from the recent Warriors and Warlords event. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

The videos chronicle the making and working of iron from a bloomery constructed for the event.

YouTube videos of iron smithing at WW.

  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 1 : Tapping slag in the furnace to lower the level.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 2 : Tapping slag again to find out what is going on in the furnace. Also feeding the furnace with charcoal and rust.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 3 : Trying to tapp slag again and cleaning out the tuyere, (also can be spelled as tuy?re, is a tube, nozzle or pipe through which air is blown into a furnace or hearth). Talking about what is happening inside the furnace.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 4 : Breaking the furnace to get to the iron bloom. The? bloom did not form as well as we wanted and we ended up with lots of little bits instead of one big piece.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 5 : Checking the contents of the furnace with magnets looking for iron. Found IRON!
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 6 : Starting to compress the bloom with wood mallets on a wood stump.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 7 : Heating in the bloom forge to break off the large pieces of slag and compress the bloom pieces.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 8 :Compressing the bloom with wood mallets on a wood stump.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 9 : Compressing the bloom with wood mallets on a wood stump.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 10 : Compressing the bloom with metal mallets on a wood stump. It is starting to look like a chunk of iron instread of a mixture of glass and cinders.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 11 : Looking at the remains of the furnace.
  • Making iron at WW 7 11 2013 12 : Hammering on the anvil and it is starting to sound like metal being pounded!

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