Metalworking

Creating useful or decorative items in metal

National Geographic Channel to air program on Staffordshire Hoard

On Sunday April 25, 2010, the National Geographic Channel will repeat Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, a program on the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the amazing golden treasure found recently in the English Midlands.

Beautiful blacksmithing

Cal Lane has taken the art of blacksmithing to a whole new level by transforming 44 gallon steel drums into works of art.

Leicestershire artifacts help tell story of pilgrims' lives

Lead flasks, discovered by metal detectorists, are helping historians understand the history of medieval pilgrims in Leicestershire, England dating from the early 13th century through to the 16th century.

Equos Designs

Equos Designs' proprietor makes Iron Age Celtic jewelry designs in fine silver. They have horses and stags and wolves, suns and moons.

11th century recycling center found near York

The discovery of more than 1,000 pieces of iron, including arrowheads and axe heads, have led experts to believe that they have found "York’s first metal recycling centre." The materials were gathered together after a battle for reuse.

Staffordshire Hoard booklet on sale at British Museum

The British Museum has published a small book on the Staffordshire Hoard. The 48-page book can be purchased from the British Museum Shop online for UK£4.99, with £1 going to Staffordshire museums to purchase and display items from the Hoard.

Duke Frederick's portable firepit

Duke Frederick of Holland of the West Kingdom shares his portable firepit design, which has been "approved for use at any site which permits the use of hibachis by the West Kingdom Fire Marshall." The online tutorial includes instructions with diagrams.

Staffordshire hoard will "reshape understanding of the Dark Ages"

The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Tudor bells return to Ipswich

Five 500-year-old church bells, believed to be the oldest in England, have been returned to St Lawrence Church, in Ipswich, Suffolk after a UK£100,000 restoration project. The bells had previously not been rung for 20 years due to their poor condition.

Pop tab chainmail

Instructables member "quixotiCfluX" has posted an online tutorial on how to create "a genuine European 4 in 1 chainmaille weave using only pop tabs." (photos)

A chainmail labor of love

David Austin has created a chess set, including board, entirely from chainmail using .035" wire. His results are posted on the Craft Blog website. (photos)

Hawking bell found by teasure hunter in Derbyshire, England

"I have found quite a lot of treasure items over the years and have a few reference books so as soon as I scraped off the mud I knew it was a hawking bell," said metal detectorist Adam Staples last year when he discovered the 500-year-old bell in a Melbourne, England field. "It's a lovely object."

Remnant of medieval book found in Bulgarian churchyard

Experts are studying the silver and gold casing of a medieval book dating to the end of the 14th century discovered recently in the yard of St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

[EAS] Metalsmiths Symposium VIII

The shire of Glenn Linn is proud to host this industrious and class-filled event at a beautifully wooded 400 acre campsite that is located within the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The many fire circles and open pavilions with stone hearths are great for all of the classes that further spread the knowledge, interest and diversity of the metal arts.

16th century acorn button declared treasure

Experts from the British Museum have authenticated a silver button, fashioned in the shape of an acorn, and declared it treasure. They have dated it to the 16th century. (photo)

Roman pollution reaches Iceland

A new study, which appeared in the April 2009 issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that air pollution from 1st and 2nd century Roman mining and metalworking operations has shown up in an Icelandic salt marsh.

Thornforge

Thornforge is a New Zealand (Southron Gaard) smithery producing knives, armour, padlocks and other miscellaneous wares for the SCA period re-enactor. Be aware that the current exchange rate means that all prices are nearly double what they would be in US dollars. Commissions accepted.

The Silver Hoard of the XXV Estrella War A&S Competition

One of the categories for the XXV Estrella War Arts and Sciences Competition was that of A Silver Based Entry. The winning entry was A 10th Century Viking Hoard entered by HE Ivan Petrovich, OL, KSCA; HE Ianuk Raventhourne, OL and Sir Steffan von Hessen, KSCA.

[AET] Metalsmiths Symposium

The time is coming to load your anvil and hammers into your strongest cart, gather your gravers, chase your pitch bowl down, load your ladles, and gather your ore for a grand metals symposium!

Learn blacksmithing skills and more at The Crucible

The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making.

Crucible, The

The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making. Their jewelry department includes a tutorial on the ancient art of Viking Knit.

Feast gear through the ages

Karen Larsdatter has created an annotated list of sites featuring feast gear throughout the ages from antiquity through the Renaissance.

Spanish grail "has tremendous cultural value"

While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."

Reward offered for the return of stolen Scottish coins

A UK£50,000 reward is being offered for the return of a collection of rare Scottish coins, some dating to the 12th century, stolen in June 2007 from the home of Lord and Lady Stewartby at Broughton, Scotland. (photo)

Photos and video from Calontir's Metal and Glass Symposium online

THL Neathery of Safita has posted photos from the recent Glass and Metal Workers Symposium in the Barony of Three Rivers, Kingdom of Calontir. Lady Thora Sigurdsdottir adds a video of her own.

"Grave Goods" on display at Woodstock Museum

Grave Goods, an exhibit of the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen with a medieval theme, will be on display through November 1, 2008 at the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Ontario.

Downloads of books on traditional crafts available online

A British website, Countryside Agency Archive, offers free, downloadable books on a number of traditional crafts including blacksmithing, thatching, saddlery, wheel making and furniture design.

3rd century Finnish burial site found

Archaeologists in Opolye, Suzdal, Finland have uncovered an ancient burial ground dating to the 3rd-4th centuries. Thus far, they have discovered 11 tombs shedding light on early burial customs.

Rare Roman lance found at Caerleon

Archaeologists working on a Roman site near Caerleon, Wales have discovered an extremely rare legionary's ceremonial lance. "I don't know of any of that type in Britain," said Dr Peter Guest. (video)

9th century Islamic coin found in Oslo

Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)