It amazes me that virtually every piece of equipment at the iron works was made of wood, including this wheelbarrow (minus the outer edge of the wheel).  There were several of them lined up, and filled with what appears to be charcoal to be used in the forge.  I just love the old-world craftsmanship of this stuff.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/9, 34mm, 3 brackets


Sorry for the corny title, but it was just too easy.  This is the Forge at Saugus Iron Works, where iron was transformed so that it could be sold to merchants and blacksmiths.  My previous two posts from here have highlighted things inside these buildings, so today I thought I’d show what some of them look like from the outside.  Stepping back to see things from a distance, it’s really quite amazing how water was used to power this equipment more than 300 years ago.  Water was stored in large reservoirs and then run through the water wheels which powered the equipment.  It then would run off into the Saugus River below.  Fascinating.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 1/200 second


Continuing with images from the Saugus Iron Works, today’s post highlights some of the enormous wooden machinery that was used in the production of iron during the seventeenth century.  It was difficult to discern exactly what these wheels were used for, but they were powered by a large waterwheel on the outside of the building and turned together like two giant sprockets.  They reside in one of the buildings that provides only limited access so I was unable to get down further to see more of how they once operated.  Regardless, they are quite impressive and full of character.

Camer settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 4 brackets


This past weekend I grabbed my camera and went to explore the Saugus Iron Works in Saugus, MA.  It’s a very cool place to explore with lots of great photo opportunities everywhere you look.  It’s actually a National Park, and it includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, and an historic 17th century home, and was the first successfully integrated manufacturing facility for the production of cast and wrought iron in North America.   This particular image came from the Forge where carbon was removed from the iron bars that had been smelted in the nearby blast furnace. A five hundred pound hammer was used to forge a hot ball of iron into wrought iron “merchant bars,” which were then sold to merchants and blacksmiths for manufacture into finished products.  The tools here came in a variety of shapes and sizes, and were used to move the iron in and out of the forge.  I will be sharing more images from here during the week.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/1.8, 50 mm, 1/15 second