I've just run my first 17th century forge experience day ! It was great fun ! They learnt how to start the forge using flint and steel, turn sea coal to coke and of course make some period ironwork on some several hundred year old anvils in a 17th century forge in the beautiful setting of Little Woodham.
The reason for running the experience days is that last year some youths broke in to Little Woodham and caused extensive damage including burning down one of our buildings. I am now running 17th century forge experience days to help in a small way to replenish some of the funds used to rebuild after the vandalism. The experience days will start properly as of September, there's been quite a bit of interest, hoping that it will take off. #blacksmith #forge #17thcentury #littlewoodham #livinghistory #experience