I will be off grid for the next few days, or rather in Kent at Owens Forge in.
Always an epic time and so much to learn. This year its a full 3 days of demos, lectures and open forge. Im doing a little forging demo and a talk on my work in Composites, a little nervous
Big thanks to Owen
Here is the line up.....
Welcome to the BushFire Forge Forge – In 2016
May 6th, 7th & 8th 2016 to be held at :
BushFire Forge on the Kent /London Border UK
3 Days of demonstrations, lectures and forging etc.
Demonstrations and Lectures by:
Lee Sauder – USA
Talk “Bloomery smelting in Sudan”
Demo: Forging the sword fuller (without a fuller!)
Jesus Hernandez- USA
Talk “Reverse engineering the Vehmaa sword pattern welding dilemma”
Demo: Clay coating and differential hardening of a blade.
Jeremy Hodgkinson – UK
Talk “The iron industry in the Weald from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages”
Rod Hughes – UK
Talk “Making Wax patterns for blade components and how to convert them into historic and modern lost wax moulds”
Demo : Bronze casting
Paul Mortimer – UK
Talk “Aspects of swords in England during the 5th to 7th centuries”
Dr Fabrice Cognot – France
Talk “The Evolution of the Axe as a weapon in medieval times”
Josh Burrell – UK
Demo: Forging the traditional Socketed Axe
Will Catchaside – UK
Talk “Composite Damascus in Kitchen knives”.
Demo: Forged Kitchen Knife Geometry
There will be a big smelt as always to keep us all warm into the wee hours.
If anyone is in the area, I'm not sure if there are 3 day tickets left but its worth asking Owen if you can stop by and say hello and have a mooch around and maybe try some forging.
Will try and take in as much as I can and get lots of pictures for you all