Metalworking

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Metalworking is the shaping of metal using tools - primarily hammer and anvil - rather than casting, which falls under Metallurgy.

Processing Iron Ore

Equipment you'll need:

  • Access to a smithy with furnace, forge, and anvil
  • Stone containing iron ore
  • Forging hammer
  • Tongs
  • Leather apron (or risk damaging your clothes with sparks)
  • Flux (such as charcoal)
  • Heavy hammer (or use the forging hammer for crushing, though you may not want to risk damaging it and use a less-valuable hammer for crushing stone)

Steps:

  1. drop the ore-containing stone
  2. crush the ore-containing stone until it becomes powder
  3. get the powder and take it to the smithy
  4. put the powder into the furnace
  5. put flux into the furnace
  6. Repeatedly pull the chain to work the bellows until you hear the intermitten hiss of slag melting from the ore. DO NOT PULL THE CHAIN FURTHER TO MAKE IT MOLTEN - this will ruin the iron
  7. Wait for the furnace to cool
  8. put the iron-bloom from the furnace onto the anvil
  9. Repeatedly hammer bloom make pure to hammer out remaining impurities until you feel you've gotten it as pure as possible

Forging

Equipment you'll need:

  • Access to a smithy with forge and anvil
  • Iron or steel (blooms, ingots, or bars)
  • Forging hammer
  • Tongs
  • Leather apron (or risk damaging your clothes from sparks)

Steps:

  1. put the desired metal into the forge
  2. Wait for the metal to heat to red-hot (the forge won't heat it any hotter than this, so no fear of accidental smelting)
  3. put the red-hot metal bloom onto the anvil
  4. Repeatedly hammer the bloom into the desired shape (type hammer bloom by itself to see all possibilities)
  5. If metal is left over after the first hammering, move the leftover metal off of the anvil
  6. (Optional) put the finished item into a quenching trough to cool it down more quickly

Notes

  • Not to be confused with Metallurgy.
  • Skilled metalworkers and metallurgists may examine metal blooms to try and detect any impurities.