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1. Definition/workshops

The term smithy denotes a disparate group of workshops in which pieces of steel and/or iron are forged either hot or cold with hammer and anvil used to reshape, join (weld), or refine them. (On non-ferrous and precious metals see Copper; Gold; Silver.) In the pre-industrial period, they were common in a wide variety of forms. In comparison to shaping processes that involved casting or methods that created waste (e.…

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Gorißen, Stefan, “Smithy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027133>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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