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June 11, 2019

IRONWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

Demonstration of ancient iron foundry in Bohinj

THURSDAY, 20 June 2018

  • 9 am – 11 am     Arrival of the teams
  • 11 am – 3 pm     Preparing the venue
  • 3 pm – 10 pm     Iron ore roasting and preparation for building smelting furnaces

FRIDAY, 21 June 2019

  • 9 am – 2 pm      Specialist conference on ancient iron foundry (Bohinjka TNP Centre)
  • 11 am – 3 pm    Construction and drying of the furnaces according to the old smelting techniques

SATURDAY, 22 June 2019

10 am – 1 pm

  • Preheating of the smelting furnaces
  • Presentation of the ancient iron smelting procedure
  • Deconstruction of the furnaces (after 6 pm)
  • Smithing of the bloom

Iron smithing: nails, knives, decorations, souvenirs, etc
Making the charcoal the old-fashioned way (local charcoal burners)
Presentation of the ancient clay bowl making
Medieval cuisine stand

FROM 3 PM ONWARDS

Creative and educational workshop for children
Rides with the horse-carriage

FROM 5 PM ONWARDS

Following the footsteps of the ancient smelters – a guided tour around the surroundings

FLOWER WREATHS

We are trying to bring the custom of hanging floral wreaths in the evening of the Midsummer’s Night back to life. This custom was a tradition in villages Stara Fužina and Studor. They believed the white mountain faires come from the mountains on that day and dance above the houses with the floral wreaths, which helps to vanquish bad spirits.

Organizer:

  • Krajevna skupnost Stara Fužina-Studor
  • Turizem Bohinj
  • v sodelovanju z Oddelkom za arheologijo, Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani
  • in Inštititutom za kovinske materiale in tehnologije v Ljubljani

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