Photos from Half term – Smelting!

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Squishing Clay from Woolley Wood to build the furnace
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Everyone works together to make the bricks to build the furnace. We discussed Chinese politics – we are a high brow lot!
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Building the furnace. This was Durrell One. Sadly she collapsed a bit later, so we built Durrell Two.
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Durrell Two gets a face courtesy of Joe. The fire we have lit to dry her out is monitored carefully. Sometimes with marshmallows.
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Youth workers making iron
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We add iron ore and charcoal. The bellows pump air into the furnace to get it up to 1250C, which is hot enough to turn the iron ore into metallic iron. Yvette seals the cracks that appear in the furnace.
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The bellows need to be worked for the whole day.
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Lunch on the Lost Gateway and a cat.
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One of Jason Thomson’s sculptures nearby.
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Durrell Two in the woods.
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Archaeologists at work
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Yvette explains the tapping process. We are going to get the iron out of the furnace.
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Durrell Two gives birth to a lot of Iron!
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A large lump of Iron. Some of the most we have ever had! This will be worked with a forge and anvil at Light up the Hill on November 18th or the Bluebell Festival next May.
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