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Long bows in the storm

Shaving the beams in the sunshine
Shaving the beams in the sunshine

An exciting two days – the first day we braved the weather in the woods. Bows were shaped below thunder and hail. The second day the Wincobank 61st Scouts kindly lent us their scout house, where the access to shelter and a kettle was well received. 8 bows were crafted, one broke whilst stringing – such is the nature of wood. The level of skill from the young people was impressive, and the perseverance despite adversity was something they should be very proud of. I think we have met some of the crafts people of the future!

The bows will be tested at the Bluebell festival on the 2nd May

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Bow Making in Woolley Wood

Robin Hood himself may have roamed Woolley Wood beneath the grandparents of the trees that grow there now. He may even have carried with him a longbow made from fine Sheffield ash wood.

At Easter we are going to be following in his footsteps and craft bows of our own, with the help of master craftsman Henk Littlewood. We will be testing the bows out along with other Archery Skills at the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May.

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For more information and if you would like to book a place on the course please download the booking form

Long Bow booking form

Whane completed email it to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk

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.

Half Term Smelting in Woolley Woods

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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

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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