Metalworking

Creating useful or decorative items in metal

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

Sackler Gallery to present "Gods of Angkor"

The Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will host Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia, "the first international exhibition to focus specifically on the skills and achievements of Khmer bronze casters," May 15, 2010 through January 23, 2011.

British craftsmen strive to preserve "lost" skills

When its last practioner died in 1958, the art of pole lathe bowl turning died with him, but now former forester Robin Wood has taken up the foot-powered lathe to revive the craft. (photos)

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)