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How a Blacksmith Forges a Wrought Iron Hinge

Forged Wrought Iron Hinge fabricated by Blacksmith to replicate a missing hinge from a client's 16th Century Chest. 

Hand hammering the glowing hot steel, holding the workpiece with blacksmith tongs on an anvil. The work piece will require to be reheated multiple times in the furnace.

Following the shaping of the two straps of the hinge, the hinge barrels are ceated by bending over the steel straps around the pin and forging the steel strap tight to the pin. The pin is inserted at the end white-orange hot, and then forged at the ends to permanently secure the pin in the hinge.  

Following the forging, the dull red hot hinge will receive a traditional black patinated finish by rubbing with beeswax, at about 900 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The furnace we are using here is a shop made gas furnace made from 1/8 steel plate, fire brick, steel pipe, copper tubing and gas control valves and hardware. It uses compressed air to increase the combustion temperature.  Some forges are charcoal fired and supplemented with forced air. 

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