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April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

Have you ever looked at something and thought how? Why? Curiosity usually gets the better of me and I end up researching many things (Google has been a blessing). Nothing earth shattering but interesting trivia all the same. Wrought iron was one of those curiosities. Many accessories are made from wrought iron such as plant stands, wall art and planters to name a few. Just love the texture and interest it lends to any object.

If one looks into the term wrought iron - you get a lesson in grammar, science and history! Not bad, three for the price of one!

The word comes from the past tense form of the verb work. Like many irregular past tense verbs of old the term wrought has been replaced with the more current term worked. Wrought iron means worked iron. The origin of the word is Middle English (1200-50) wroght (not a typo, didn't use the letter u back then) is the past participle of worchen (to work). Ok, so much for grammar now on to science and magic!

Iron is one of the most abundant metals on Earth. Wrought iron, an iron alloy was the most commonly used form of malleable iron. Unlike cast iron, it was not as brittle because of the lower carbon content, making it harder and stronger yet easy to weld. This is what gives it a "grain" resembling wood, which is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure. Due to its malleability and toughness, wrought iron has been used for many centuries, and is the "iron" that is referred to throughout western history. The other form of iron, cast iron was not introduced into Western Europe until the 15th century; even then, due to its brittleness, it could only be used for a limited number of purposes. Throughout much of the Middle Ages iron was produced by the direct reduction of ore in manually operated bloomeries (not flower shops but a furnace with a pit and chimney) although waterpower had begun to be employed by 1104. In ancient times, blacksmiths were considered to be as equally important as the doctor. The blacksmith had the ability to keep the town moving by transforming a coarse hard material into objects as the wheel, tools and swords - a real magician!

Ironwork dates back to ancient Egypt around 3500 B.C., usually to equip the armies. Fast forward to Middles ages, the usage increased and not just for weapons. Exquisite craftsmanship appears in England at the Winchester and Canterbury Cathedrals and Paris has Notre Dame. From the 16 century and to date, iron work has become highly decorative and sophisticated. Just take a look at the railing and doorway designs in the French Quarter. Even the Eiffel Tower is a type of wrought iron!

Today, it isn't produce on a commercial scale but is still used for restoration of historical ironwork landmarks. Wrought iron has not lost its popularity in fact it has become more of an art with a growing demand in home decoration and furniture. Even though wrought iron of today is made from the new form of mild steel, the beautiful detail of this craft can still be appreciated. Look at the uses for wrought iron in the home today, indoor and outdoor furniture, plant stands and pedestals. It is a great way to bring texture, detail and structure into your design. Not to mention that you are gaining an attractive and interesting product that will bring you pleasure and last for many years.

Marianne not only has a passion for interior design and an avid weekend gardener but has a background in design, sales and customer service for over 30 years. Visit the on line store today to find the plant stand that will bring you pleasure! Learn other usefull ideas about plant pedestals and ways to enhance your home at http://plantstandsandpedestals.com

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