Archaeological Weekend - 10th and 11th September 2005
Bill appeared again at Corfe Castle, a National
Trust property in Purbeck, during their weekend celebrating history.
find out more about Corfe Castle follow this link.
Bill fired a stock of Beakers and Urns made during
previous workshops and demonstrations, using a bonfire similar to the
type he used at the Festival of History.
Bill for details.
Here are some images of the Sunday's activties
(It rained on the Saturday so not much happened!)
The bonfire was set up similarly to the Festival
of History fires. Here it has been stoked up with logs to get a good blaze
Bill takes a tea break - waiting for the fire
to burn down. Beakers and urns were displayed and sold from his yurt.
The bonfire is almost over, but the Swanage Railway
train is getting up steam.
The majestic ruins of Corfe Castle loom above
the cooling fire. Notice the crowd barrier made from looped willow wands
- not quite up to kite mark standard!
The fire is over and the pots have been pulled
out to cool. They were moved while they were still hot, to try and get
the carbon smuttiness to burn away from where it remained when buried
in the ashes.
The fire was well controlled, only one pot blew
its base early on in the firing, when the flames got too close and water
in the clay turned to steam and expanded. A couple more blew later on
and there were a few cracks, mainly from being positioned in the middle
of the stack and not being warmed up enough before the main fire was built
Two thirds of the pots came out intact, one third
Interestingly a couple of the pots made on the
previous day were successfully fired, starting while still damp. They
were carefully turned over and round during the pre-heating.