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Forging a Knife or Decorating a Medal

Kind of Event

Forging a Knife

Course objective: Production of a knife blade made of steel.

Course content: The basics of forging various types of knives and historical backgrounds are taught. Each participant then forges his or her personal knife blade, which is then hardened after shaping. If the handle is to be wrapped in leather, material is available.

Historical background: Since the Iron Age (approx. 800 BC), the smithies of the Hallstatt period have dominated the technology of iron extraction and processing. The Celts (from approx. 400 BC) were known for the high quality 'Ferrum Noricum', a steel from which i.a. Knives were produced that were also very popular with the Romans.

Instructor: Lukas J. Kerbler, MA
Course time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Course costs: 130 euros
Material contribution: 25 euros

Decorating a Medal

Course objective: Production of a decorated medal

Course content: During the course you will make your copper or silver medal featuring an image of your choice of a range of elements from Iron age up to Early medieval. By doing so you will get to know the basic chasing and  repousse tools and techniques. What is a pitch pot? What makes a good chiseler's hammer? What are the basic properties  of  different  metal sheets, and how to handle them? How to make a decent lining? Texture fills? Line fills? How to make a relief in the  piece with our without  flipping it? How to  flip it at all?

Historical background: Chasing and repousse is a family of metal decorating techniques that is as old as metal working itself. It consists of modeling and marking the surface of metal sheets (or objects) without losing any material (unlike chiseling). You will have a range of symbols to choose from, the palette consists  mainly of steppean cultures (Scythian, Hun, Avar, Early Hungarian) and some Celtic designs for good measure.

Today's change of materials and tastes and the appearance of computer aided machinery and 3D printing set the art of chasing and repousse in the exclusive range.

Instructor: Adam Strohmayer is specialized in Arpad-era Early Hungarian art You will have the opportunity to learn from the last to date young Hungarian master with an official degree in decorative metalworking. Adam Strohmayer is specialized in Arpad-era Early Hungarian art, is frequently commissioned by museums and art lovers to make authentic replicas of artwork of this kind.

Being a practicing historic horseback archer himself, he's also researching in experimental archaeology, making discoveries and proving new concepts with the scientific community, sometimes solving hundred-year-old mysteries... but he will be very happy to talk about all this and more while helping you in the making of your first copper or silver medal of authentic design and technique.

Course time: 10-17 o clock
Course fee: 185 Euro
Material costs: 40 Euro

Contact Info (booking required two weeks in advance)