The 4th Furnace Festival takes place in August 2020 in the village of Woodford, Co. Galway (in the field next to the ‘Bay’, the reservoir built to power the 17th and 18th-century blast furnace of Woodford).
The Festival is organised by the Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project to raise awareness about the 17th and 18th-century iron industry in the area.
This year’s Festival will focus on producing iron from local ore using bloomery furnaces. These are clay shaft and directly produce wrought or forgeable iron. We used local ores, fuel (charcoal) and clay.
Bloomery iron was the only kind of iron made in Ireland for over a thousand years, from the 6th century BC until the 16th century AD. The Festival aims at re-introducing the production of this material into Ireland.
For more information on this year’s festival, visit the website below.