Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Saugus Massachusetts U.S.A.

Grand Re-opening 17 May 2008

DSC03652.jpg (137382 bytes)  Welcoming sign

DSC03653.jpg (164711 bytes)  When we arrived the Iron Guild folks were setting up their equipment

DSC03654.jpg (112112 bytes)  We were provided with a handsome tent which kept us out of the sun and was much appreciated.

DSC03655.jpg (108160 bytes)  Todd Cahill's newest model.  The very authentic looking granite blocks are actually made of MDF and skilfully made to look like the real thing

DSC03656.jpg (128032 bytes) An earlier work by Todd.  More photos of this model can be seen here:

DSC03657.jpg (141825 bytes)  Todd Cahill model  DSC03705.jpg (74968 bytes)  Todd chats with show visitor

DSC03658.jpg (107624 bytes)  display of molding samples, Errol Groff

DSC03659.jpg (123373 bytes)  DSC03660.jpg (113822 bytes)  DSC03693.jpg (179287 bytes)    Ed Rogers models

DSC03661.jpg (82356 bytes) DSC03662.jpg (101682 bytes)  Herb Cotterly model

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DSC03666.jpg (147164 bytes)  View from the top of the furnace of the dock where finished product was shipped down river to be loaded onto bigger ships for transport to England and other ports of commerce. 

DSC03667.jpg (136056 bytes) DSC03668.jpg (159264 bytes)  The round stone structure is the  top of the furnace.  Charcoal and bog iron were loaded in layers through this opening.  As the charcoal burned it heated the iron and when it finally worked its way down to the bottom of the furnace it was hot enough to to pour.

DSC03669.jpg (125016 bytes)  View back to the area where the iron pouring demenstration took place

DSC03670.jpg (134796 bytes) Wheelbarrow typical of the sort used in the 1600's.

DSC03671.jpg (99042 bytes)  Tool used to rack the materials being dumped into the furnace.

DSC03672.jpg (170094 bytes)  Dick Boucher, current president of NEMES

DSC03673.jpg (222060 bytes)  Magic sluiceway.  The sluiceway disappears into the hill side.  In the 1600's water came from upstream to run the water wheels.  Now water is pumped up into the "magic sluiceways"  from pump house by the dock shown above.  Water is recycled to run the wheels, a clever way to preserve the appearance of authenticity.

DSC03674.jpg (168362 bytes)  From the top of the furnace one can see the forging shed.  The wheel on the left runs the forging hammer and the one on the right powers a bellows for a hearth in which material was heated before forging.

DSC03675.jpg (151955 bytes)  When the wheels are running water can be seen pouring cown the chute to the left of the bridge.  It never reached the river to the right of the bridge because is drains into a holding tank under the bridge to be recirculated back up to the sluiceways.

DSC03676.jpg (180810 bytes)  The building behind the forging shed is the rolling and slitting mill.

DSC03677.jpg (149198 bytes)  DSC03678.jpg (161550 bytes) DSC03679.jpg (141995 bytes)  The back side of the furnace.  The wheel which can be seen in the lower left corner of the photo runs the bellows for the furnace.

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Views of the wheels at the forging shed 

View of the forge hammer wheel running and sound of the forge hammer dropping

  View of the bellows wheel in operation

  View of the bellows wheel in operation

DSC03689.jpg (149487 bytes)  DSC03690.jpg (130540 bytes)  DSC03686.jpg (144971 bytes)  DSC03688.jpg (69220 bytes)  L.  View out the window of the slitting mill.  The gentleman in the right hand photo described how the slitting and rolling mills operated.  .I will have to return to take video of the mill as I did not have my external light with me and the mill was quite dark.

 DSC03692.jpg (127877 bytes)  In the blacksmith shop spoon making was being demonstrated.

DSC03694.jpg (130651 bytes)  DSC03695.jpg (140980 bytes)  Iron Guild members

DSC03696.jpg (149195 bytes)    Howard Gorin (L) chats with Dick Boucher.  Dick's engine ran all day non stop.

DSC03700.jpg (124332 bytes)  Dick and Beatrice Boucher

DSC03698.jpg (100650 bytes)  DSC03699.jpg (73680 bytes)  Errol Groff talks about pattern making and sand casting with a vivitor.

DSC03701.jpg (134268 bytes) Norm Jones describes his models

DSC03704.jpg (81747 bytes)  Herb Cotterly (L) and Las Russell chat

DSC03707.jpg (200429 bytes)  DSC03708.jpg (192376 bytes)  DSC03709.jpg (142290 bytes)  DSC03712.jpg (160142 bytes)      The left photos show iron being poured from a ladle into the "scratch" molds which have been prepared by show visitors.

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