On this five-day course, participants will learn how to produce sand moulds suitable for iron casting.
You will learn the rudiments of furnace design; how the furnace works and how to run it safely, how to spot possible problems and how to rectify them, preparation of the furnace, ladles and pour consumables, and of course the essential aspects of health and safety.
Then, with support of our technician Eden Jolly, participants will work together to run our short stack cupolette furnace, “Sputnik”, and pour your moulds. Following the pour and cleanup there will be time to work on the finished casts with an opportunity to try patina and other finishing techniques.
Our courses are open to all levels of ability and experience - beginners are very welcome as well as those who want to build on existing skills or try something new. If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit.
Image Description: [2 people bend down to tip a large crucible of molten iron into a series of moulds. It is dark and the orange glow from the iron reflects on their visors, helmets and leather jackets. Two others lean in to observe, also wearing full PPE. In the background the barrel-like iron furnace spews sparks and a powerful green flame from the top.]
Image Caption: Iron pour at SSW's 40th anniversary celebrations (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw