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Ethnographic Museum of Ripoll

Catalan forge hammer (diorama)

Ethnographic Museum of Ripoll.


Ethnographic Museum of Ripoll.


The hammer was used in the old Catalan forge to compact the bloom, clean the slag out of it, and forge it. It was a device of very considerable dimensions that needed water power to activate it. It essentially consisted of a hammer that operated when force was applied to the end of the handle, which acted as a lever and raised the hammer head, allowing it to fall on top of the bloom placed on an anvil.


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