Bloomers smelting event 25-26 August 2018 Woodford, Co. Galway
!!! Call for smelters !!! The event: This will be the 3rd Furnace Festival organized by the Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project. The idea is to raise awareness about the 17th and 18th century iron industry in the area.
This year's Festival will be about producing iron and has two parts: - Lee Sauder will be training up a group of people, preferably local, into the arts of bloomery iron smelting. This will happen in the week from 20 to 24 August. - On the following weekend, several teams, including the newly trained, will smelt iron ore into blooms (Saturday). Irish blacksmiths will, on Sunday, work some of the blooms produced. People are welcome to arrive earlier to have a test run, build their furnace or for any other reason.
What do we offer? - Iron ore (see previous post) - Charcoal (locally made) - Clay - Blowers - Bricks, wood, anything else reasonably needed Where? - In Woodford, Co. Galway (53.051379, -8.400237) in a field next to the pond which supplied water for the blast furnace making iron there between 1681 and 1780. Interested? - Please contact me (email@example.com or 00353 85 1239550) if you want to attend, would like more information or are just curious. I can reply in English, Dutch, German and French (and can try Spanish...).