Blacksmith forging pictures

We were delighted to have received the below photos taken by John Barton, showing blacksmith Tom Leader at work on the traditional coal forge. Blacksmith forging

The photos where taken during an open day that the forge where John saw a perfect opportunity to photograph the blacksmiths at work as part of his club and county competitions for 2015/2016.

The photo shows blacksmith Tom Leader tapering a piece of mild steel which has just been removed from the coal forge. The steel is tapered on the anvil by hand, and is striked many times by the blacksmiths hammer.

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