Blacksmithing and Hot Forged Metals
When steel is worked, it is first heated in a forge until nearly white hot. At this temperature it becomes soft and malleable enough to be shaped with a hammer on an anvil. This is forging; a process that gives the metal a rich surface texture, and an almost sculptural quality.
Each purposeful blow leaves its mark, and the work produced is highly detailed with a genuine individuality. Most metals can be forged, but only within a very narrow and specific range of temperatures. Some of the techniques involved are illustrated in the links below.