|What is "Wrought Iron"?|
|The term "wrought iron" is greatly abused in today's commercial marketplace, as it is applied to everything from bent steel wire to cast aluminum. Traditionally, the term "wrought iron" implied a specific material - a low carbon, silica-rich, fibrous iron that was very malleable (easy to work by hand), and resisted corrosion. The last production facility for this wrought iron material ceased operation in the mid-1960's. The products you buy today are not made of this material. Today, the term "wrought iron" is best applied to iron that has been worked while white hot; physical force (the smith's hammer) is used to cause the metal to flow and be reshaped into the desired form.
Iron work by Siron Designs is made from forged iron and/or mild steel, not the traditional "wrought iron" material. The term "wrought iron" is appropriate however, since much of the shaping is done while the iron is hot, and all of the work is done by hand.
In conclusion, the term "wrought iron" is frequently used today to mislead you into falsely thinking you are buying something of strength or quality - anything metal and generally black, from junk to gem is now called "wrought iron"! So you have to be the judge to shun the worst of it and identify the better ironwork for yourself.
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