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edieval Artisan Program of Study for Metal

edieval Artisan Program of Study for Metal

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The Craft of Metal Working covers the preparation of Metal from Ores to the Finished Product.

We have organized the skills and information about this Craft into a Medieval Artisan Program of Study (MAPS), which includes a set of Skill Definitions, Skill Tests to verify mastery of the Skill, How-To Guides to explain the Skill, Projects the Artisans have done using the Skill, and an Annotated Bibliography relevant to that Skill.

We hope you will enjoy our presentation of this data and find it useful to your own studies.  As always, please provide feedback to us about any of these MAPS if you have additional information or see a better way to organize or present it.
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Diagram of Metal Skill Hierarchy
Link to Metallurgy Skill page.Link to Anneal Skill page.Link to Alloy Skill page.Link to the Cast Skill page.Link to Pour Ingot Skill page.Link to Sand Cast Skill page.Link to the Stone Cast Skill page.Link to Lost Wax Cast Skill page.Link to Cuttlefish Cast Skill page.Link to Cuttlefish Cast Skill page.
kill Definitions

kill Definitions

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These are the Skills covered by this Program of Study.
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Skill
Owning
MAPS
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Different)
Parent
Skill
Skill
Description
 
Mix different metals and chemicals in specified proportions in order to produce a new metal allow with specific characteristics.
 
Apply heat to make the metal more malleable.
Anticlastic Forming
 
Forge
.
Assay
 
Determine the exact composition of a given metal sample.
Bail
 
Cold Connect
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Bead Wire
 
Make Wire
Turn a round wire into a set of connected beads.
Bezel
 
Set Stone
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Block Twist Wire
 
Hammer Wire
Twist a square cross-section of a rod so that it becomes a round wire (with a spiral mark where the once-square corners meet).
Braze
 
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Pouring molten metal into a mold to make an object.
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Training?
   
Has
Tools?
Has
Materials?
Annotation
 
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No
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Karen Larsdatter has a number of very good links on a variety of topics.
nnotated Bibliography

nnotated Bibliography

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Pub.
Year
Primary
Source
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One
   
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Ross, Marvin, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume 1, Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Glyptics, Painting, 1962
 
 
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Yes
This volume has a variety of good quality black and white photographs of Byzantine and early Medieval pieces. Each piece has a good quality description along with text translations and references to scholarly works covering similar pieces.
Saunders, Peter, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalog Part 3: Bone Objects, Enamels, Glass Vessels, Pottery, Jettons, Cloth Seals, Bullae and other Base Metal Objects, 2001
 
 
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Yes
Seeler, Margarete, Enamel Medium for Fine Art, 1997
 
 
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Yes
Tait, Hugh, Jewelry: 7,000 Years, 1991
 
 
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Yes
Teague, Ken, Metalcrafts of Central Asia, 1990
 
 
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Yes
Untracht, Oppi, Enameling on Metal , 1957
 
 
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Yes
Untracht, Oppi, Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, 1975
 
 
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Yes
Wessel, Klaus, Byzantine Enamels, 1967
 
 
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Yes
Covers Byzantine Enamels from the 5th to the 13th century.
Wethered, Newton, Mediaeval Craftsmanship and the Modern Amateur: More Particularly with Reference to Metal and Enamel, 1923
 
 
No
Yes
Wulff, H.E., The Traditional Crafts of Persia, 1966
 
 
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Yes
An awesome book for those interested in how traditional crafts in this world were done, based on interviews and observations of an extremely wide array of craftsmen (before modernization took hold in the area).
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