Photos from Half term – Smelting!

IMG_20141028_105843018_HDR
Squishing Clay from Woolley Wood to build the furnace
edited funace making
Everyone works together to make the bricks to build the furnace. We discussed Chinese politics – we are a high brow lot!
IMG_20141028_124624431_HDR
Building the furnace. This was Durrell One. Sadly she collapsed a bit later, so we built Durrell Two.
IMG_20141028_155042325
Durrell Two gets a face courtesy of Joe. The fire we have lit to dry her out is monitored carefully. Sometimes with marshmallows.
IMG_20141029_110604968_HDR
Youth workers making iron
IMG_20141029_114215297_HDR
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.
IMG_20141029_125948373_HDR
The bellows need to be worked for the whole day.
IMG_20141029_133350987_HDR
Lunch on the Lost Gateway and a cat.
IMG_20141029_135031644_HDR
One of Jason Thomson’s sculptures nearby.
IMG_20141029_135102880_HDR
Durrell Two in the woods.
IMG_20141029_135143574_HDR
Archaeologists at work
IMG_20141029_145013351_HDR
Yvette explains the tapping process. We are going to get the iron out of the furnace.
IMG_20141029_145135962_HDR
Durrell Two gives birth to a lot of Iron!
IMG_20141029_150110272
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.
Advertisements

Half Term Smelting in Woolley Woods

Half term Activitiessmelting pic

Woolley Woods Iron Smelting

Book Now! Free – open to young people aged 11-25.

Only 8 places available

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th October

10am – 4pm (set up from 9am)

If you would like to join us  – please download booking forms here

Half term Iron Smelting details pdf

Half term Iron Smelting details word document

logos RoI

ANIMATION WORKSHOP

Interested in being creative? Come and join in!animation poster

Every Tuesday 6-8 Wincobank Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB for young people aged 11+

Come and learn how to make an animated film, make a lantern or be part of the drama at the Light up the Hill event on Wincobank Hill

Films made will be shown as part of the Light up the Hill Event on top of Wincobank Hill on Tuesday 18th November 5pm-7

Free – just turn up!

For more information click here. To contact us click here

 

Come and help us Light up the Hill!

Picture courtesy of Gill Hughes

Light up the Hill is an amazing lantern lit night time procession up Wincobank Hill. The event combines darkness and light, trees and fire and music and drama to help bring the ancient history of Wincobank Hillfort to life.  It is free to visitors from near and far. Watch a video of Light up the Hill 2012 here:

Roots of Iron will be joining the fun by working with young people to make a film or animation based on themes of Wincobank Hill through time. The film will be shown along with the drama as part of the event. There will also be opportunities to join in with the drama, and, of course, make some lanterns. The first session will take place on Tuesday 30th September at Wincobank Chapel at 6pm till 8pm. The sessions are free, and open to young people aged 11 -25.

Watch this space for more information.

Tour de France

_MG_2885
Early Saturday morning before the event

Wincobank Hill was in the international news when the world’s most famous cycle race; the Tour de France; picked Jenkin Road on the route of stage two. The road would turn out to be the steepest incline of the entire race, and ten of thousands of people gathered to watch the cyclist struggle up it.

smelting tdf

Roots of Iron celebrated the Hill by creating an Iron Age village. Roger and students from the University of Sheffield created the world’s first bicycle powered bloomery furnace, using clay from Woolley Woods and a bike that had been welded together (several times) in Roger’s garage. Local young people helped shape the furnace and pedal the bike to power the furnace. The Friends of Wincobank Hill, actors Chris Binns and John Overton helped provide the Celtic and Roman dramatics._MG_2845

Local schools also contributed to the atmosphere having helped Heeley City Farm decorate their Iron Age roundhouse, and create a giant torque land art that could be viewed from the air.

20140705_163834

 

Welcome to the new Roots of Iron Website

What is Roots of Iron?

Have you ever wanted to have a go at working metal on a forge? Or wondered how they first extracted iron from the rocks of Sheffield? Or how the people that lived here 2500 years ago actually lived?

Roots of Iron is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for young people aged  11 – 25. Based round yearly events that happen on Wincobank Hill and Woolley Woods, we will have a go at some of those ancient crafts, and find creative ways to share the ancient history with the rest of our community.

Smithing with a charcoal forge