ABSTRACT : Basics of Metal Casting, a beginners level training course using bronze and pewter. Artisan Blacksmith Darrell Markewitz offers a regular series of weekend long programs in a number of aspects of traditional Blacksmithing. Special courses include : layered steels (pattern welding), bladesmithing / knife making, bronze casting, iron smelting. Programs held at the Wareham Forge in Ontario Canada, with remote teaching offered at other facilities.

Learn the Art of the

Basics of Metal Casting

Sand Casting Bronze
Pewter in Stone

This program only offered if specifically requested for 2021
Only dates from late Fall to Early Winter - if available

This 14 hour session will introduce the student ito the basics of casting two metals - BRONZE and PEWTER.

Saturday will start with the ancient method of casting pewter in soapstone moulds. Each participant will cut their own mould block (which they get to keep) using simple hand tools. After lunch, several pours will be made using a modern lead free (92 % tin) pewter alloy. These will be finished into completed pendants as time permits. The day will be finished up with an introduction to carving waxes for small bonze objects. (Students may borrow tools for the evening to work ahead on their master pattern.

Starting on Sunday, we will learn how to cast bronze using green sand moulds. Each will pack several boxes around their completed patterns. A first pour will be done (before lunch) using pewter as a test. After lunch fresh moulds will be made, and several pours will be made with liquid bronze.

This program does not require any previous metalworking experience. Session limited to TWO students. Course fee of $425(+ HST) includes coffee and all materials.

Programs are open to any physically able people, from young adults onwards. (Aged 16 an up - see a special note : Teens as Students). Any students with "learning \ physical disabilities" need to refer to the detail section on Course Requirements. English is the language of instruction. Sorry - the Wareham Forge is not really wheel chair accessible.


Bronze Casting
Green Sand:

An overview of the method.

Packing the sand around the pattern
Carefully removing the master pattern
Packed sand with pattern removed
Sand mould ready for pour
Carefully heating the bronze
Quickly pouring the molten bronze
Bronze solidified in the mould
Opening the mould
Images by * *
Taken at the 2008 'Earth, Air, Celtic Festival in Goderich ON.
Cleaning off the carbonized sand
Raw casting beside master pattern

Pewter Casting

Moulds, castings and finished pendants.

Course material covers:

Overview of historic cast metal objects


Designing for Casting
Preparing the Soapstone
Laying out the Pattern
Carving - Tips and Techniques
Heating and Pouring
Finishing the Object


Designing for Casting
Carving - Tips and Techniques
Working with Green Sand
Heating and Pouring
Finishing the Object

Rough Schedule

Saturday AM - Pewter : Mould cutting
Saturday PM - Bronze : Master Patterns
Sunday AM - Pewter : Pouring and Finishing
Sunday PM - Bronze : Packing / Pouring / Finishing

Your instructor is professional blacksmith Darrell Markewitz of the Wareham Forge. Please look over Darrell's past work with Pewter Casting and Historic Reproductions.

Each student should come with some ideas for a posible small object, roughly pendant sized. Handouts are included, but a notebook may prove useful. All tools and safety equipment are provided, the course fee includes the materials to produce a number of finished pieces in both pewter and bronze. Students should dress for the workshop - long pants and work suitable shoes or boots required.

Facilities: the Wareham Forge

The shop combines traditional and modern equipment, with the main forge coal fired (for forge welding) and two gas forges for general forging steps. There will be one anvil per student, all basic tools will be provided. A 50 lb throw air hammer will be used for drawing out. Equipment includes the related grinding and polishing machinery, as well as a fully equipped fine metals studio.

The Wareham Forge is located in Grey County (Central Ontario), about half way between Orangeville and Owen Sound. We are about 5 miles SE of the village of Flesherton, just off highway 10, (about 2 hours drive NW of Toronto).

Remember: to guarantee a place, ensure your application & deposit will be received at least 30 days before the course date you desire.
A cancelation may result in the loss of your deposit.


Course Fee:


(plus 13% HST)

Includes all materials
All necessary tools and safety gear is provided

For detailed outlines and applications contact:

the Wareham Forge

Darrell Markewitz
RR # 2, Proton Station, Ont. N0C 1L0
phone/fax 519-923-9219


Can't make it to Wareham?

Take a look at the educational DVD's / CD-ROMs produced by the Wareham Forge
Introduction to BLACKSMITHING
Forging the VIKING AGE
IRON SMELTING in the Viking Age
Exploring the Viking Age in Denmark

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