> I know that there have been various iron smelters run at Pennsic over
> the years. I watched the start up of one. I'm not sure where those folks
> got their iron ore, but it apparently can be had.
Heck, for that matter, I've hosted two out here at my house, and
attended another this past May at the Kalamazoo medieval conference
thing. For the two here, I believe magnetite was used; I can't remember
what was used at K'zoo, but have vague memories of some sort of
weird mash-up of materials, said mash-up was a mix not normally found