However, setting up a reconstructed bloomery iron furnace requires a lot of work. First of all I need to find a space where I can burn a fire at over 1000 degrees. It needs to be in an open space and somewhere where the noise of forging won't bother the neighbours (so not my back garden in the heart of Dublin!).
I also need to get hold of a significant amount of clay for the superstructre as well as charcoal and ore for the smelt. Ideally, the charcoal should be made from oak and it would be an interesting experiment in itself to try and produce it from scratch. The ore should probably come from a bog so if anyone out there knows of a bog with a good supply please do let me know. Of course, some practical experience would be good to have to but that's something I can't really borrow.
If anyone is interested in collaborating or contributing it would be great to hear from you. I'm sure I'm not the only person in Ireland interested in this sort of thing.