Tools of the Trade

This past weekend I grabbed my camera and went to explore the Saugus Iron Works in Saugus, MA.  It’s a very cool place to explore with lots of great photo opportunities everywhere you look.  It’s actually a National Park, and it includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, and an historic 17th century home, and was the first successfully integrated manufacturing facility for the production of cast and wrought iron in North America.   This particular image came from the Forge where carbon was removed from the iron bars that had been smelted in the nearby blast furnace. A five hundred pound hammer was used to forge a hot ball of iron into wrought iron “merchant bars,” which were then sold to merchants and blacksmiths for manufacture into finished products.  The tools here came in a variety of shapes and sizes, and were used to move the iron in and out of the forge.  I will be sharing more images from here during the week.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/1.8, 50 mm, 1/15 second

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7 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade

  1. Well composed with nice details and focus Steven. I never heard of the park and I will now be visiting as it is only a couple of hours from me.

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