An ongoing site with articles and links on metalwork as it applies to the Middle Ages and the SCA.


History and Development of the Anvil
by James Cran

Make Your Own Anvil
by Ernie Leimkuhler

Make an Anvil Stand
by Ralph J. Sproul

Building a Welding Vice from Scrap
by Bruce Bauerlein

Building a Simple Shop-Built Side Draft Forge
by Dan Cruzan

How to Make a Cheap Workable Forge
by Turig Noyan

Blacksmith Basics

Advanced Blacksmith Techniques

Jump to the Armour Page


General Metalwork, Bright-Metalwork & Jewelrywork

Early Medieval Jewelry

Medieval Russian Jewelry

Renaissance Costume & Jewelry

Elizabethan Jewelry

Acid Etching

Sand Casting

Bronze Casting In Viking Age & Early Middle Ages

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Bronzework

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Iron Working

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Non-Ferrous Metal Working

Copper in the Middle Ages



Metalworking and Jewelrymaking Links

Lapidary Links


Suggested Reading:

Book of Minerals by Albertus Magnus, Trans. by Dorothy Wyckoff. Oxford 1967.

A Roman Book on Precious Stones by Sydney H. Ball, Los Angeles 1950.

Treatise on Goldsmithing and Sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini, Trans. by C. R. Ashbee, N. Y. 1967.

The Great Book of Jewels by Ernst A. & Jean Heniger, Lausanne 1974.

Anglo-Saxon Jewellery by Ronald Jessup, Aylesbury 1974.

Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries by A. Lucas, London 1962.

Metalwork and Enamelling by Herbert Maryon, (5th edition, 1971). Dover.

Jewelery of the Ancient World by Jack Ogden. Rizzoli, N.Y., 1982.

On Divers Arts by Theophilus, Trans. by J. Hawthorne and C. Smith. Chicago 1976.

The Traditional Crafts of Persia by Hans E. Wulff, Cambridge (Massachusetts) 1966.

Jewellery Through 7000 Years, British Museum Publications Limited, 1976.

Jewelry Ancient to Modern, Anne Garside Ed., Viking Press, 1979.

Anglo-Saxon Jewellery, by Ronald Jessup. Shire Publications, 1974.

European Enamels, by Isa Belli Barsali, translated by Rudolf Rudorff. Hamlyn, 1969.

Medieval Goldsmith's Work, by Isa Belli Barsali, translated by Margaret Crosland. Hamlyn, 1969.

If you are not familiar with the SCA but would like to know more,
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SCA   -   General Intro to the SCA
Forgotten Sea   -   Website of the group that I've been Baron of
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Terminology   -   Definitions of some common SCA terms
Heraldry   -   My page on SCA Heraldry

This Metalwork page is published by Ron Knight (known in the SCA as Modar Neznanich) for the edification of the members of the Barony of Forgotten Sea, its cantons, the Shire of Cm an Iolair and the members of the SCA. It is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and does not delineate S.C.A. policies. In cases of conflict with printed versions of material presented on these pages or it's links, the dispute will be decided in favor of the printed version unless otherwise indicated. Opinions expressed are those of the authors.

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