The annual Iron Smelting Days are the largest gathering of its kind in Europe, with blacksmiths, artists and archaeologists gathering around a dozen or so iron smelting furnaces. It is a unique chance to learn a lot in very short time about the process of producing iron in the old days. Since 2004, groups of enthusiasts from all over Europe have been researching the iron production of wrought iron in different types of bloomerys (smelting furnace). Each year, this group meets elsewhere in Europe to exchange experiences and tries to make wrought iron using local ore and materials. The group does not have a head organization, so the meetings are organized by local groups.
The theme for ISD2018 is: Ferrum Noricum + Waldeisen
Project goals are:
• Prove by means of experimental archeology how the production of the famous "Ferrum Noricum", the later so-called Waldeisen, really worked.
• Can we produce the famous "Ferrum Noricum", the later so-called Waldeisen on the same way as our ancestors did (a case of experimental archeology)
• International exchange of experiences.
• Teaching the knowledge of early iron production to apprentices, pupils and students.
Materials: Locally produced materials and ores, which were also used by the Celts (local ore, local loam, local charcoal from a nearby coal producer) should be used to build the smelting furnace.
Location: open-air museum Stübing. (20 km north of Graz): https://www.freilichtmuseum.at.
For the furnaces, a meadow in the back of the museum is being considered, but unfortunately there is not enough space on this meadow, so that the number of participants must be limited.
Maximum number of participant groups: 20
Image by Manfred Moitzi - Herbst im Freilichtmuseum Stübing, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59905264