This is a two-day workshop led by Neil Burridge exploring the manufacture of bronze swords in the late Bronze Age. The group will work together to cast a sword using charcoal and Bronze Age methods. Then each participant will work on their own Ewart Park sword, cleaning, forging and looking at different ways handles were fitted.
The Ewart Sword is an excellent example of the development of leaf-shape blades: it features an elegant double-edged leaf blade tapering from the handle before flaring out to the widest part one-third from the end then narrowing to the tip.
The Ewart Park type sword is the most prolific sword of the late Bronze Age in Britain with nearly 2,000 of them surviving hole and in pieces in museums today.
The Sword-Making Workshop costs £100. This is a two-day course and participants must attend both days.
This course runs immediately after The Celts are Coming! Living History Fair on 5th & 6th August 2017 where Neil and many other craft-workers will be demonstrating their skills. The Fair takes place at the Forestry Commission picnic site of Dalerb by Kenmore, just across the water from the Scottish Crannog Centre.
Places are limited to 6 people so please book your place soon by contacting us at the Centre.
Free wild camping is available nearby, or for details of local accommodation please click here.