HANDCRAFTED TRADITIONS
Smelting Iron

Photo Essay, Carroll County Times, May 2009

By Ken Koons

Smelting Iron
After heating iron in a forge fire, Steve Mankowski and Shelton Browder weld together and shape the smelted iron into a bar using a sledgehammer.



Smelting Iron
Steve Mankowski starts a small fire in a bloomery furnace to slowly warm it before charcoal and iron ore can be added.



Smelting Iron
Iron ore is roasted in a fire and crushed before it can be mixed with charcoal in a bloomery furnace.


Smelting Iron
A bloom of hot iron is pulled from the bottom of the furnace.


Smelting Iron Shelton Browder adds charcoal to a bloomery furnace.




Documentary Film
, Carroll County Times, May 2009

By Ken Koons




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