9th December Kent Group blacksmithing day at Burbage Towers Benenden Kent
During the winter months the Kent group move away from the workshop at the edge of the forest – to warmer areas and activities.
Jeremy and his gas fired forge with Robin from the Brockley Park group – South London.
Jeremy gets newcomers to make their hook-tools in mild steel first – that’s a very good idea!
Myself with Keith Leonard and Jeremy
I was happy to return his entries to the WCT competition along with his £100 cheque for third prize
Amy Leake forging hook tools on her gas forge
Harry was encouraging a visitor to get involved.
I was working with Mike Gordon on forging adzes from hammers. Needless to say on another gas forge - Mike’s. I have never used one before but was halfway through making one a couple of years ago.
Phill gave us a hammer head to use and for his first time on the short sledge hammer was exceptional!
Mike doing a great job holding the hot metal in the right place.
There were loads of people making all sorts of tools – John was forging a knife.
Yet more forges – this time charcoal hand blown.
I think Ed Murphy was on this one which is fan powered from a car battery.
What a great day – loads of tools made and a few new members as well. Thanks again to John Burbage for his hospitality and lunchtime soup.
The next Kent day is a bow and arrow day led by Pete Rippengal on Saturday 12th January at Benenden.