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Watch the traditional skills of metal working

chain making

See sparks fly at the chain makers daily live demonstrations, the nail shop and brass foundry,

We alternate between metal demonstrations each day, If you are hoping to view a specific metalworking industry, please call our reception on 0121 557 9643 to enquire which day it will be demonstrated.

Watch our nailmaker as he makes 100s of nails in the traditional way.

Nail making was well established in the Black Country by the middle ages, and at its peak in about 1820 there were over 50,000 nailers at work in and around the Black Country.

Principle centres were Sedgley, Gornal, the Lye, Halesowen, Old Hill, Dudley and also Bromsgrove.

Watch the glow of melted brass as our traditional skilled workman prepares the moulds and pours in the hot metal to make the decorative horse shoes.

This working brass foundry and polishing workshop is from Shaw Street, Walsall and was originally built in 1869. Two men, known as Casters, would have operated the foundry or ‘tub casting shop’ reproducing brass items from lead patterns.

The patterns were used to create a mould in a box of sand. Brass was melted in the furnace below the floor in the centre of the shop and poured from the crucible into the boxes standing against the low shelf along the rear wall. When cooled the boxes are opened, the castings removed and taken for barrelling and polishing in the next room.


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