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|Teton Iron is a family owned and operated blacksmith shop located on our small ranch (Buffalo Bluff Ranch) in the
Teton Valley. Our goal is to supply a product line of hard to find iron products, such as; pizza oven doors, wood
connectors, corbels, custom iron hardware and many more items with craftsmanship and style of the ole' days.
Teton Iron has focused their interest toward historical iron reproduction during 11th-20th century. It is intriguing
to delve into the history of how these designs evolved into either very simple and functioning designs or very our
elaborate and decorative design. Click on "Shop by Design" on the left navigational bar to explore all options in
each design. Click on below images to enter page.
|Wrought Iron/ Steel / Iron / Pig Iron / Black Iron / Stainless Steel
The commonly misused term “wrought iron” is no longer produced on a commercial scale. True wrought
iron is a semi-fused mass of smelted iron created by heating ore in a forge with charcoal, which serves both
as fuel and reducing agent, also giving it its black appearance, which is where the term “black iron”
expels most of the slag and weld the iron into a solid mass. In the 1860’s wrought iron was replaced by
mild steel since it was less expensive and more readily available. Most products described as ‘wrought
iron’ in today’s society are made of mild steel which is very hard, durable, and weldable. Iron and steel
are often confused. Iron is an element while steel is an alloy comprising of iron and carbon. Iron ore
processed with coke and gypsum or lime in a blast furnace results in pig iron and when processed further
reducing the carbon, mild steel is formed. Steel can be mixed with other alloys to create different types of
iron, for example, stainless steel is the product when chromium is added to steel.
In modern society, the term “wrought iron” is commonly misused for iron that is worked, due to the origin of
the Middle English word “wroght” known today as “wrought” is a methathetic variant of worht, a past
participle of worchen meaning to work. In other words, the term wrought (worked) was describing how the
iron was processed not describing what happens to the iron after it was formed.