Wrought Iron

To consider whether wrought iron should be part of your next big or small project it’s important to ascertain if wrought iron will fulfill the purpose you intend for it.

Wrought iron is very functional and therefore can be utilized for a wide range of projects.  The historical uses of wrought iron make this factual.  The use of wrought iron dates back to 3000 B.C.  Ancient Egyptians were considered the first builders using wrought iron; many of their primitive tools were derived from wrought iron. Wrought iron has been around since past eras to today.  Many of our historic structures such as castles, monuments, and other architectural buildings that were built using wrought iron still stand today after thousands of years.  Every culture, every era used wrought iron décor to communicate their class, elegance, rustic, or traditional and old-fashioned style.  As the saying goes, “grow old gracefully” this can apply to wrought iron.  In fact, because wrought iron is so pure it’s a material that ages beautifully over time due to its high weather resistant capabilities.

 Blacksmiths and Wrought Iron

Blacksmiths from the early days knew how to manipulate the properties of wrought iron and thus wrought iron was used to fulfill many purposes ranging from tools such as nuts and bolts made from wrought iron and those same tools being used to build functional structures such as a railroad systems and bridges.

Many terms in the earlier days were used to refer to wrought iron. But the word wrought itself comes from the verb “worked” or phrase “worked on by hand” thus this is how wrought iron was dubbed its name.  Here are a few examples of the different qualities of metal that could be produced out of wrought iron:

  • Cast Iron
  • Pig Iron
  • Puddled Iron

Notably, wrought iron is a very diverse metal which is why you might find that even today you hear so many terms used to talk about metals. This can be confusing for the common individual.  Cast iron for instance is a by-product of wrought iron.  The difference in the metals is based on their carbon content and the ability to be manipulated under different heating processes. The heating process creates a chemical reaction and voila you end up with a by-product of a by-product and so on.  In particular wrought iron is the best type of metal to be used for manmade projects because it can be shaped into just about any design.  Yes, pure wrought iron is very labor intensive but it also welds nicely.  But it’s important to note that actual wrought iron is no longer commercially manufactured.  This doesn’t mean that wrought iron is no longer used.  Wrought iron is an extremely heavy and costly metal.

With the introduction of many other types of metals in the industry a project can be built by using wrought iron or other types of metals that might produce the same look and feel of wrought iron.  Other types of more commonly used metals in the industry nowadays also include are steel and aluminum.  These metals are more brittle.  So what you choose is going to depend on the purpose you want your project to fulfill.  Whether its wrought iron or other types of metals here at Steelworks we realize that each metal slightly varies from the other and each metal will have its proper place and we will help you determine that process for you.