Bronze Casting Festival 2018

May 19 – 25(/27) 2018, Bronzezeithof Uelsen

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Note that this page contains info for (possible) participants only. Information for visitors will be available at a later time.

A yearly historical bronze casting event, to be held yearly at the Bronzezeithof in Uelsen, Germany. A festival for bronze casters to meet, exchange knowledge, work together on castings and experiments, discuss methods and also just have a good time together. The festival is organized by the Bronzezeithof and in particular by me, as the regular bronze caster at the Bronzezeithof.

The first edition in 2017 was a success, you  can see some impressions here.

For whom?

For people actively involved in historical methods of bronze casting, who are interested in working with other bronze casters and willing to exchange knowledge and ideas. In principle methods from any historical period can be used as long they’re not too modern (so no electrical/gas furnaces for example). So let’s say from the Bronze Age up-to the 19th century. Archaeologists involved or (partly) specialized in bronze casting/metalworking are welcome as well, if you want to get some hands-on experience. If you want to give a presentation or other talk about in interesting subject, that would be nice too.

In principle you can bring other people along, but there’s a maximum of (about) 40 participants . People actively involved in bronze casting (casters and helpers) have priority over other people. Also if there are enough casters, the Bronzezeithof would like to limit demonstrations in the weekend to bronze casting only. Exceptions can be made, just ask.  If you’re staying off-site (see below), you’re of course welcome to bring partners, children and so on. When in doubt, ask.


From Saturday May 19th till Friday May 25th.  This is the week of Pentecost (Pinksteren/Pfingsten) which is a public holiday on Monday in a lot of the European countries. Most of the week it will be a private event, open only for participants. On Sunday the 20th and Monday the 21st during the afternoon the venue will be open to the public and we can give casting demonstrations. It is possible to stay until Saturday or Sunday (26/27) and we’re open to the public Sunday 27th during the afternoon as well, but this second weekend might not be an official part of the festival.
You are free to decide which days you want to take part, you don’t have to be there the whole week, but we would appreciate it if most participants can be there the first weekend because of the demonstrations. Taking a day of during the festival is no problem whatsoever.

Bronzezeithof (Bronze Age Farmstead)What to expect?

  • A nice and beautiful venue
  • A relaxed atmosphere
  • No real obligations
  • Possibly sharing furnaces
  • Helping each other
  • Exchanging knowledge
  • Possibly one or more larger experiments
  • If there are enough participants, possible one or more lectures on interesting subjects
  • A BBQ evening during the first weekend (free of charge).
  • Free drinks: coffee, thee, water, beer (with and without alcohol) and some soft drinks. If there are a lot of participant, we may ask a small contribution for this.

What not to expect?

  • A fixed schedule, apart from potential lectures and larger experiments
  • Producing a lot of castings. The goal is exchanging knowledge and ideas, not producing as much as possible.

Practical info

Fee for participants: None! You’ll have to pay your own travel expenses, food (see below) and if you choose to stay off-grounds the costs for your accommodation. But taking part itself is free!

Language: The spoken language of the festival is English.

Materials: The Bronzezeithof will provide good quality charcoal, daub/loam for furnaces and a limit amount of clay and dung. One or two furnaces (in the ground, with air from above, Bronze Age style) will be available as well as two sets of bag bellows. Buckets and sand will be there as well. You’ll need to bring everything else you need including tools, metal, crucibles and moulds. If you have bellows and you can bring them, please do.

Sleeping: The Bronzezeithof has a limited number of sleeping places available in our Bronze Age house, which will be assigned in application order.  A few larger tents can also be put up for shared use if needed. The Bronzezeithof has a few camp beds, but if you have any camp bed or mattresses please bring them. You will have to bring sleeping bag and other camping gear yourself. Be aware that it can be cold at night in May.
Apart from this you can put up your tent on our fields if it has a neutral colour, like brown, dark green or natural cotton/linen. If you have a different coloured tent, you can rent a pitch at a camping ground at walking distance. There’s also a youth hostel and there are a couple of hotels in town. In the region there are plenty of other accommodations and camping grounds available.

Food: On Saturday evening a (free) BBQ will organized by the Bronzezeithof. Apart from this, we’ll have to provide for ourselves. A supermarket is nearby so we can cook and share food. We can cook on open fire or use camping stoves (if you have any please bring it). There are also pizzerias, snack bars and such in town.

Travel: If you travel using public transport, we can arrange a pick-up, either from the bus in Uelsen or on the Dutch side of the border in Tubbergen (which can be reached via a direct bus from Almelo station).


Interested in taking part? Even if you’re not sure if you can come, please contact me, and provide the follow information:

  • Who you are and what you do in terms of historical bronze casting.
  • Which days you think you’ll be there (from-till).
  • How many other people you intent to bring with you and if they’re active in bronze casting as well.
  • Whether you and the members of your group speak and understand English.
  • Whether you need a place to stay in the house or a tent, want to stay in your own tent on the grounds or will be staying off-grounds.
  • Whether the eating arrangements indicated above are okay for you.
  • If you have any ideas for larger experiments/castings.
  • Any other questions you might have.

Note: You’re not obligating yourself or others to come by contacting me.

Also note: We reserve the right to refuse your participation if we feel you will really not fit into the group. (This will only happen in rare occasions. For example extremist political opinions could be a cause for refusal.)