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Blacksmith Zone

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blacksmithing remains to be a very important industry today. Blacksmiths are responsible in producing well-crafted, functional metals. A blacksmith produces items that range from simple nails to small decorative pieces, to architectural embellishments and even sculptures.

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Blacksmith shops differ in size and lay-out and even complexities. Some may just have the basic furnishings while some shops may have modern or advance equipment. Nevertheless, whatever the design of a blacksmith zone, the very basic equipment and functions are the same. Now, you might be interested to know what's inside a blacksmith shop. A blacksmith shop typically these basic apparatus: the forge, bellows, a tool bench and trough.


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The very most important part of a blacksmith zone is the forge. The forge is used to heat metals at very high temperatures. The process of heating metals is done to soften the metals for it to be shaped into some functional and useful objects. The most common type of forge is the coal fed forge. Next to the forge is the bellows which are air pumps that are used to force air into the forge. T he bellows are especially necessary in increasing the rate of fire to produce temperature. In most modern blacksmith shops, however, electric fans are being substituted for bellows because its speed can be controlled.

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The tool bench contains the tools used in manipulating metal forms. The tools typically consist of different tongs to handle metals and hammers to shape the metals. Also, the shop contains anvil where the hot metals are pounded and hammered. Anvil usually comes in different shapes, sizes and even weights in order for produce the precise shape of the metals which the blacksmith wanted. The blacksmith shop also has the trough which is used for quenching metals and it contains water or oil to cool metals for easy handling.


Blacksmith Zone