This year (If all goes well) I am being a foundryman at Kentwell hall, in the year 1588. This is a good opportunity to try various things out, most of which I shall blog about afterwards. So I shall be sure to take a lot of photographs.
Things I intend to do/ show:
Finish my stone pewter spoon mould
Cast pewter buckles which will be used to try and make the next items
Cast bronze and brass buckles, purse bars, scabbard chapes, and pestle and mortar
Experiment with dry powder casting as mentioned in Biringuccio
As well as helping out with attempts at making small cauldrons or a cannon or a bell.
The trick will be preparation, so the week before I shall be mixing up lots of muck for moulds and trying to finish off a couple of pewter buckle moulds. Once there I shall also be discussing foundrywork with a couple of people who know a lot about it, and trying to keep the newbies who don’t, right. And get the younger ones working the bellows.
Yes, I am aware that having a foundry at a 16th century manor house in the countryside isn’t really accurate. It’s one of these irritating compromises that helps keep both the public, the site owner and us re-enactors happy and interested. Ideally we’d have a replica town, but that requires some millions in investment to make happen.
(And don’t say that early medieval association or group has managed it, because I’ll just laugh at you)