Hot Iron is Cooled in Water (Stock Footage)

Hot Iron is Cooled in Water (Stock Footage)

A bar of wrought hot iron is cooled down in bucket of water. Wrought iron has been used for many centuries, and is the “iron” that is referred to throughout western history. The other form of iron, cast iron, was not introduced into Western Europe until the 15th century; even then, due to its brittleness, it could only be used for a limited number of purposes. Throughout much of the Middle Ages iron was produced by the direct reduction of ore in manually operated bloomeries, although waterpower had begun to be employed by 1104

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