Ancient Pewter Smithing

Dates tbc for 2020/21

MAKING BEAUTIFUL THINGS OUT IN THE WOODS!

On this one day course you will create a piece of unique and attractive jewellery using the ancient cuttlefish bone technique over an open charcoal fire.


cuttle bone ring

The cuttlefish bone technique was used in Egyptian times and artefacts have survived bearing distinctive cuttlefish marks from ancient Rome. Learn this technique which is steeped in several thousand years of history for yourself. We will begin the day with mould making and after lunch we will be casting pewter items from the moulds that you have cut from cuttlefish bone over an open charcoal fire.

molten metal

Once the molten metal has cooled and crystallised, you will experience the magic of birthing your newly crafted item and spend the rest of the day refining the piece and applying finishing touches so that it is ready to take home.

pouring the molten metal

All tools and materials are provided for use on the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided – please bring a packed lunch and come wearing fully enclosed leather shoes and jeans or cotton trousers so that they wont be damaged by sparks from the fire.

        • Cost: £80.00 including all materials
        • Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
        • Time: 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM
        • Location: Ragmill Wood, Wiltshire

Please contact Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk / +44 (0)7979 109720 to book.