Moneyer Moot – Nov 17-19 2017

Here’s the first draft of an outline. I’m putting this here since not everyone interested is on Facebook.

The times can vary however what I have observed is that it is easy to get sidetracked and not get work done. So we will try to stick to this schedule unless as a group we decide to go in a different direction.

Also, as this is informal, breaks for drink, snacks, or just walking away from a frustrating error can be taken at any time.

Friday, Nov 17th.

18:00/6pm – `19:30ish Arrival and Dinner
19:30 – 21:00 Discuss theory of Billon and walk through the process of making casting grain and then pellets. This will be a 20% silver / 80% copper billon.
21:00-?? Finish initial pellet creation and then schmooze. Discuss goals for what people want to accomplish during the weekend.

Saturday, 18th

08:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 13:00
Die Making Track
Punch making. Also, working on billon blanks.
Since the process of making blanks from pellets involves numerous annealings this is the kind of thing were we can take breaks every 20 or 30 minutes to hammer some blanks and anneal.
Goal: Finish stem punch and and at least one other.
Roman Billon Track
Experiment with different mixes of billon and actual roman billon to see if we can recreate a billon blank that approximates Roman coinage circa 265-290.
As with medieval billon there will probably be a lot of down time with annealing. So interested students will probably be able to do both tracks.
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00
Die Making Track
Engraving basics. Learn how to size, sharpen and use an engraver. Some practice.
Roman Billon Track
Continue as needed.
16:00 – 18:00
Die making Track
Begin simple die layout. Engraving circle for pellets. Begin punch work
18:00-20:00 Dinner
Maybe a group dinner out?
20:00 – ??
At participants discretion. Probably die work, billon work and solving the world’s problems.

Sunday 19th.

08:30-09:30 Breakfast
Dies and Billon
Participants will work on projects of their choosing.
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-17:30 Wrap up projects. Strike coins.

Copper Coin Blank Finishing
Running alongside the above will be experiments in how to polish and protect copper coin blanks. Copper makes beautiful coins however they have to be annealed, cleaned and polished before use. Dawson will be trying several methods to clean and polish blanks.

Snide comments, Sarcasm and Snark
A practicum in the above will also run in parallel with all course activities.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Requests?
Dawson Lewis
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