Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An establishment in which wrought-iron is made by the direct process, that is, from the ore directly, or without having been first produced in the form of cast-iron. The direct process was the original one by which wrought-iron was made wherever that metal was employed, and is still in use among nations where modern metallurgical methods are not yet introduced, especially in Burma, Borneo, and Africa; it is also employed, though to a very limited extent, in Europe and in the United States, especially in the Champlain district of New York. The iron made in bloomeries is obtained in the form of blooms (see
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Manuf.) A furnace and forge in which wrought iron in the form of blooms is made directly from the ore, or (more rarely) from cast iron.
- From bloom (“metal, see etym.3”) + -ery (Wiktionary)
“Bar iron from a local "bloomery" or perhaps "Sweet" (Swede) iron brought from Philadelphia furnished the material for nails, cut or forged by hand, horseshoes, plows, wagon tires, grain scythes, hinges, locks, etc.”
“To check the hypothesis for the bloomery smithing at Tekeli Tepe, we sampled fully preserved smithing cakes from this area to be sent to Belgium for detailed morphological study of the slag profile.”
“The whole place seemed one huge parterre of bloomery; even traders set bouquets in every shop and stall, and the scented air was heavy with perfume.”
“The Woodlawn Forge, on Staley's Creek near the middle of the Crockett Tract, was built in 1857 by Mr. John P. Wright, and is a bloomery just like the others so common southwestward in these mountains, with one fire and one hammer and water blast; and run like them, by fits and starts, with a very small yearly yield.”
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