Forging dates back to at least 4000 BC and could even be earlier than that. The first metals to be forged were iron and bronze, these would have been forged by man to produce weapons and hand tools for cooking and weapons of war.
There are many different types of Forgings, carried out by many different companies with lots of forging companies based in the Black Country, West Midlands.
The Black country living museum in the west midlands has been open for more than 40 years, it showcases a blacksmiths shop, a bakehouse, a boat dock and a few boats. It showcases the history of forgings in around this area. It welcomes over 350,000 visitors a year and has an exciting £23 million forging ahead development which further expanded the whole site by over a third and created 450 jobs.
The Black Country was named so because it became one of the most industrial parts of the UK, with its coal mines, foundries and steel mills which caused it to produce a very high level of pollution, with black smoke from all the coal and forging companies it was nicknamed The Black Country.
There are many ways of carrying out the forgings process, such as Drop forging, hand forging and upset forging. These are mainly done by hot forging; however cold forging can also be carried out. The main advantage of hot forging is that it will produce a stronger piece of steel compared to other methods that may be used such as casting.