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The History of Wrought Iron

Wrought IronThe phrase wrought iron is commonly used to refer to ironwork that has been built by hand, such as furniture, gates, and railings. In the past wrought iron referred to the material itself. The wrought iron material was produced and manufactured by hand giving it the term wrought. Wrought iron was the most common form of malleable iron before the development of modern methods of steel making. Production of the material reached its peak during the 1860's, then slowly declined as mild steel became more available. In the 1960's the cost of steel production began to drop due to recycling and other processes which made wrought iron too costly. It is estimated that the production costs of wrought iron was nearly double of low carbon steel. The last wrought iron plant in the United States closed in 1969 and the last in the world closed in 1973 in England.



wrought iron artMany blacksmith's including us collect wrought iron because of its forging nature. Wrought iron can create a distinctive look that mild steel cannot. We salvage wrought iron from antique gate frames, fence and bridges. We mainly use our wrought iron in art work and in sculpture, knowing that each piece has had a long history to get to that stage in its life.

New wrought iron is still available on a much smaller scale. If you or your client requires the particular material, we can obtain it and give you the costs on it. The material does have a longer lead time due to the availability. The material is still made by hand and to order. It is typically made from recycled wrought iron from buildings around the world.

Let us know what we can provide for you, whether from wrought iron or modern day mild steel!