Forging is a process that involves the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces, like hammering. In order to forge ironwork, the metal must be heated to a bright yellow color (approximately 2000°F) and hammered while in a malleable state. The act of deforming the material not only changes the shape of the piece, but it adds strength to it. The most important parts of most machines, your car's engine for example, are always forged. When a component needs to perform under extreme stress and last forever, it is forged. Blacksmiths have been forging for millennia. However, as a result of the industrial revolution, the forging process has been limited to industrial applications due to the difficulty of the process and amount of skill required of the craftsman doing the work.
Robert Thomas Iron Design is one of a handful of blacksmith shops that is keeping the art of forging metal alive. Founder Robert Thomas, along with blacksmiths Tyler Bickerstaff and JP Shepard, are working to change perceptions of craft, one hot bar at a time.
This film gives you a glimpse into how and why they do what they do.
If you like our film, please comment and subscribe. We will be releasing more videos soon showing the stories of actual projects we forge in the shop.