Brief Update

t seems that the Foundry was not a foundry, but a bloomery, which does not reach the same temperature. The product of a bloomery is not cast iron, but a bloom.

Site specs:

Main Manor House: 55m2 + 59m2 + 56m2 (not all usable) + 30m2 (not all usable) = 200m2
Sub-Manor House: 74m2 + 79m2 + 79 m2 (not all usable) = 232m2
Servants House: 83m2 + 86 m2 + 84m2 (not all usable) = 253m2
Mini Barn: 14m2
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Total Large House: ca. 700m2

Smaller Building: interior 19m2 + exterior 20-30m2 = ca. 40-50m2
Church: ca. 60 m2.
Mill: ca. 20 m2.

There is 26.000 m2 of land, part of which may be used to grow something.

Most buildings seem to be structurally in good condition (thick stone walls don’t deteriorate much), but the floor plans will need to be changed significantly. Also, some wood is rotting, and the buildings do not yet have plumbing and electricity.

We hope work on the site will start in March, and we can make the site inhabitable (very basic: showers, toilets) in a month or two; there will be some other form of accommodation until then. There will be professionals working on the site, but not all work requires training. Get in touch if you want to come.

There is now also a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/bravosfoundry/

A late 18th century debate on the sustainability of capitalism

Raimundo Ibáñez, 1791:
“El sistema contrario (da mala política de montes) que la maledicencia querrá objetar de que las herrerías han destruído los montes, nada prueba, ni nada puede hallar protección sino en la ignorancia y en la barbarie, pues aunque es cierto que en la provincia de Mondoñedo han quedado a yermo algunas de aquellas fábricas por falta de leñas, y últimamente una en la jurisdicción de Bravos, distante tres leguas de la puente de Muras, no ha sido sino por el abuso y desorden de sus dueños, o más bien por el de sus arrendatarios, en cuya ambición no cabe otro interés que el de enriquecerse con avaricia.”

The Foundry, Founded

The Foundry was an iron foundry in the 15th century. Then there was a castle, which was destroyed by Napoleon’s armies in the early 19th century. Using the stones of the ruined castle, people built a manor house from which the surrounding farms were administered. Until, in the 1970s, everyone left.

The Foundry will be a space where intellectuals can do intellectual work without dealing with the university and where artists can work on projects that don’t fit the demands of a grant program; a heterotopia where motivations other than enthusiasm are subtracted.

But first we need to build it. People who sense an affinity with the project and want to contribute can get in touch. Renovation work will probably start late winter / early spring 2018. There will be free food and accommodation. Everyone is welcome; there will be a lot of work. We have a small church, a mill, a small house and two big houses, most of them in pretty bad shape. Once the space is inhabitable, we can start organizing events.

The Foundry will be a space where intellectuals can do intellectual work without dealing with the university and where artists can work on projects that don’t fit the demands of a grant program; a heterotopia where motivations other than enthusiasm are subtracted.

But first we need to build it. People who sense an affinity with the project and want to contribute can get in touch. Renovation work will probably start late winter / early spring 2018. There will be free food and accommodation. Everyone is welcome; there will be a lot of work. We have a small church, a mill, a small house and two big houses, most of them in pretty bad shape. Once the space is inhabitable, we can start organizing events.

If someone is good at building websites that would also be great.