Textured Metal Surfaces
Texture is inherent in the forging process.
Heating creates scale, as the metal is worked, this scale is loosened and hammered
into the surface, creating a rich, random and natural texture. Other textures
can be created by a variety of means, such as chemical etching or stamping the
surface with specially made tools. As blacksmiths we are always discovering and
experimenting with new methods. A selection of these is illustrated in the links
If however, a smoother surface is more appropriate, the forged texture can be polished out. The degree of polish achieved can range from matt to satin to a mirror finish. Polished detailing can be very effective when contrasted with a more textured finish.