Initiation and improvement Blacksmithing and ironwork of art - Châtel

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Dates from 18/10/2020 to 31/10/2020Age > 18 years oldType of project Volunteer site / technical internship

In a medieval fortress classified as a Historic Monument, this internship will allow you to initiate or deepen your technical knowledge in blacksmithing and art metalwork while respecting the preservation of a classified site and in an international atmosphere promoting intercultural exchanges.

You will learn planing, bending, upsetting, hot cutting with a slicer, riveting and hot drilling. Theoretical contributions on extraction and melting techniques.

The fortress of Châtel is one of the most important witnesses of medieval military architecture in Lorraine.
Built at the end of the 11th century by the Counts of Vaudémont, the youngest branch of the Dukes of Lorraine, around a large square keep, the first castle was enlarged in the 13th century by the addition of a porch tower and flanking towers on along the Moselle as well as the construction of a stately home.
The remains which extend over more than 5 hectares are today the subject of a major work campaign on the initiative of the Association du Vieux Châtel which has been working on the site since 1972.
Thus visible are the underground developments of the 13th and 15th centuries, the double enclosure to the north with its 57-meter wide ditch facing the plateau, the remains of the 11th century square keep, the artillery shirt facing the Moselle, the system unloading carts with its lifting hoist.

The training provided is essentially practical. The techniques covered during the internship are varied so as to understand several stages in the production of a wrought iron well grid. So you will learn: planing, bending, upsetting, hot cutting with a trencher, riveting and hot drilling.
Several theoretical sessions punctuate the training: materials, blacksmith equipment, extraction and melting techniques.
You will also enjoy a visit to the Jarville Iron Museum and a visit to an ironwork workshop.

Mandatory equipment
To be able to work safely, we ask that each trainee acquire the following personal protective equipment:
- A pair of safety shoes
- A pair of leather gloves
- A pair of protective glasses
- Leather apron
- Ear plugs or headphones

Supervised by a professional, you can practice forging techniques from Monday to Friday. The weekends will be devoted to cultural visits and leisure activities.

You will be accommodated in a building equipped with rooms from 2 to 4 beds.

Meals will be taken in an 18th century house with a modern kitchen and you will eat dishes prepared by a long-time cook to whom you will offer your help. This will allow you to introduce other participants to your own culinary specialties.

You will also participate in maintaining the cleanliness of the premises.

A typical day can be described as follows:
7 am-8.15am: breakfast
8:30 am-12:30pm: forge, with a break
12.30pm-2.30pm: lunch then free time
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m .: forge
5 pm-7.30pm: free time
7:30 p.m .: dinner then free time


Registration fees : to pay at REMPART at registration

Frais de séjour : 280€ / session

+ infos on the fees

Contact prior candidature

Last name : Olivier Clément

Phone number : 06 70 22 03 50

Email :

Website :

Location : Great East / France