Wrought Iron

    Wrought Iron is not a material but rather a process by which iron is hot-worked under the hammer to bend shape and form it into its finished product, strengthening it during the process. It is less prevalent now that steels are available in such quantity and variety. However, wrought iron has a characteristic look that bears the marks from its fabrication process and gives it a unique aesthetic.

   This is an example of wrought ironwork. It has been hand formed in the red-hot condition. This gives the iron a hammered finish, replete with oxide scale, and a ropey texture from the stretching of the metal. Each element is tapered and shaped with the indelible marks of hot-working that give wrought iron its classic look.