Metalworking

Creating useful or decorative items in metal

Nat Geo to explore Staffordshire gold

On Monday November 7, 2011, the National Geographic Channel will present two, hour-long programs on the Staffordshire Hoard, the Viking treasure discovered in 2010 in England. The programs are scheduled for 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. (EST).

"The seal of Tristan of Treago" found in Cornwall

Metal dectorist John Fereday was "so excited that his hands were shaking" when he discovered a 13th century silver seal on a farm near Newquay in Cornwall. "Medieval seals are very rare in Cornwall and silver ones are rarer still," said liaisons officer Anna Tyacke.

Golden torcs bring finder £462,000 reward

David Booth is a happy man. The hoard of gold Iron Age torcs he discovered with a metal detector in 2009, were last year's most valuable treasure reported to the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer, bringing the finder a reward of £462,000. (photo)

Viking artifact website

Dan Carlsson of the Fröjel Discovery Programme has posted an album of Viking artifacts from the harbor and lands around Fröjel, Sweden including explantion of the objects and how they were made.

Staffordshire Hoard exibit to come to Washington D.C.

You've read about it. You've seen the photos. Now you have the chance to see the wonders in person when one hundred artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard go on display at National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C.

Consider recycling your pewter tokens

Christopher MacConing of the Kingdom of Atlantia suggests collecting and recycling pewter site tokens.

Ruling with an iron hand - literally

In the early 16th century, Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, a knight  - and rogue - of the Holy Roman Empire, found his hand ripped off by a cannonball during the Siege of Landshut. This did not stop the staunch German, however, who had an iron prosthetic crafted to replace the appendage. PG-13 for language.

A Roman "what's-it?"

We know it's Roman, but what the heck is it? That's the question being asked by archaeologists about a Roman dodecahedron dating from the 2nd-3rd century and found throughout Roman Europe. (photo)

Lost medieval village of Norton excavation yields treasures

Archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology North who are excavating Lodge Farm near Runcorn, England, believe they have found the medieval village of Norton.

Viking Age Iron Making in West Oakland

Henrik in the West Kingdom reports that a Viking Age iron smelting workshop will be held July 10, 2011 in Oakland, California.

Metal-working/jewelry books online

The Ganoksin Project has announced that it will release of more than 40 digitized versions of rare antique metalsmithing and jewelry books. The books are available in PDF format for a minimal fee which will be used to support the project.

For the tiny knight who has everything

Jewlery designer T. Shamir has given the assasin's crossbow new meaning with these palm sized, fully functional crossbow and cannon.  The two videos depict the weapons in action.

Making a Viking tool chest

In a 2008 episode from the PBS series A Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, Don Weber instructs viewers how to make a Viking tool chest.

"Magically gorgeous objects:" beginning of modern art

Understanding the medieval mindset that placed magical value on sacred objects, such as relics and talismans, may be difficult for the modern public, but no one can dispute the beauty of such works of art. (photos)

Olde Worlde Colonial Products, LLC.

Olde Worlde Colonial Products is a purveyor of medieval and colonial outdoor lighting. Their core product is the Colonial Cressett which is handcrafted in wrought iron and designed to cast a warming glow at reenactment camp sites and homes alike. The Colonial Cressett may be spiked into the ground or used with an optional three legged stand also made of wrought iron.

Caerthen 12th Night photos online

Don Domin d'Alsace reports that he has created an album of photos from Caerthen 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

A history of the humble eating fork

Master Robyyan Torr d'Elandris, OL, from Tree-Girt-Sea in the Middle Kingdom, offers an article on the history of the fork, an eating utensil sometimes assumed to be out-of-period for the SCA. Depending on your persona's time and place, this may not be so.

Japanese metal techniques featured in YouTube video

Metal workers and jewelry artists will want to take a look at two short documentary films on YouTube showcasing classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a piece of decorative metalwork.

Curator's favorites from British Museum online

James Robinson, Curator of of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum, shares photos and information on some of his favorite pieces on the International Center for Medieval Art's online exhibition.

SCAdian couple shows off skills to Fort Morgan Times

Martha Monsson's talents include knitting, chrocheting, spinning, and weaving. Equally impressive is her collection of histric textile tools, ranging from 19th century spinning wheels to an authentic Roman distaff.

Documenting the Luxury Arts: A photo archive by Genevra Kornbluth

Genevra Kornbluth's "Documenting the Luxury Arts" site has photos of artifacts and architecture from Roman to 20th century. Photos of the pre-17th century items include many not easily found elsewhere, including crystal and crystal intaglio pieces, ivory carvings, and game pieces (20-sided dice, anyone?).

Fungi Forge

Looking for a traditional blacksmith providing authentic pre-16th century ironwork? Fungi Forge specializes in period locks and hardware, coffers and caskets, lighting for every need, campfire cooking, even medieval paperclips! They can make your life more medieval.

"Rare and exquisite" Roman lantern found in England

21-year-old metal detectorist Danny Mills delighted local archaeologists when he discovered an extremely rare 1st - 3rd century Roman lantern near Sudbury, England. The bronze lantern is believed to be the only one of its kind in Britain. (photo)

Calontir's Metal and Glassworkers Symposium photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Metal and Glassworkers Symposium 2010 which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Pre-Viking settlement found on Isle of Man may have "international importance"

Archaeologist Harold Mytum believes that a pre-Viking settlement at Port y Candas on the Isle of Man was probably the home of an important leader who could "support the craftsmen who would have worked making tools, weapons and bronze jewellery."

[CAL] Calontir Metal and Glassworkers' Symposium

Welcome to the second Calontir Metal and Glassworkers' Symposium! This event is something special in Calontir: an event dedicated wholly to in-depth, hands-on study of medieval metal and glass work. Here, you can immerse yourself in the work and learn things which can't be taught in a short class, and take something home with you. Teachers have a venue for those projects which just can't fit into most other events. For the craftsmen and women of Calontir, this event is for you.

Archaeological find inspires construction of Iron Age chariot

In 2001 Mike Loades was asked to  "co-ordinate the reconstruction and field-testing of an Iron Age Chariot for a Meet The Ancestors" program on BBC. His documentation of his work is available in PDF format online.

World Joust/Festival of History

Festival of History: Featuring period camps ranging from Rome to the Renaissance, costumed interpreters bring history to life at the Festival of History! Visitors are guaranteed an action packed weekend as history is revisited before their eyes!

Tournaments Illuminated seeks metal-working articles

Tournaments Illuminated Editor, Mistress Doria Tecla, is requesting submission of articles dealing with the field of metal working for the Fourth Quarter (2010) issue of the publication.

[ATL] Metalsmiths’ Symposium IX

The Barony of Stierbach and the Kingdom of Atlantia welcome all interested in learning about metal, glass, and other related arts to Metalsmiths’ Symposium IX on Sept 24-26, 2010 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Prince William, VA