or hand forged iron, is an ancient technique dating back thousands
of years to the Metal Age. When the Artist Blacksmith Association of
North America was founded in 1973, the ancient art of blacksmithing
had gone from a central place in every community to near extinction.
forged iron should not be confused with wrought iron.
Originally wrought iron referred to a specific type of
metal or iron forging technique. Now wrought iron can
refer to anything black made of metal. Commonly, wrought
iron incorporates manufactured pieces of iron welded
together, and painted black.
In contrast, the process of forging a design or object using a hand forged
method involves heating the metal in fire, and hammering it into dynamic
and flowing designs. Some of the limitless possibilities for hand forged
iron include: wine cellar doors, gates, stair railings, grills, chandeliers
and light fixtures, gable brackets, bed frames, fireplace screens or
inserts and fireplace tools. For the kitchen, examples of ironwork could
include pot racks, trivets, and utensils.