The Italian Masters of Wrought Iron
Preface by Simon Benetton, Introduction by Titto Perlotto
500 Pages, 1,100 images, 9-1/2 x 13 inches, Over 8 pounds
Samples from Pages 210 - 211
Preliminary forging stage en-masse.
Forging and details completed, tongues yet to be installed.
Completed pieces with aged finish.
Many new smiths struggle with projects such as those on our anvilfire iForge page that seem to look simple. And when you actually watch a master smith making these pieces they indeed DO seem easy. But the reality is much different. "Simple" opperations like chiseling an ear do not go as planned and the metal cools too fast to punch both eyes in one heat. For the begining smith the frustration level can be very high.
The practice gained by producing quantities of an item as shown here are what gives the master smith that easy of working with hot steel. This practice gives them the confidence and ability to work fast and do more per heat. When you watch them is seems the steel stays hot for a very long time, but when YOU try it the steel cools instantly. But the steel cools just as fast for the master as for the apprentice.
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