The Making of Wrought Iron, 1928 | From the Vaults

Perhaps the most famous wrought-iron monument is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But you can also find wrought iron all around you on the streets of New York City, decorating balconies, staircases, windows, and doorways. In this short film, the renowned blacksmith Samuel Yellin demonstrates each step in the process of making a piece of ornamental iron grille-work: heating, cutting, shaping, and binding the various parts together.

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