Robert B. Gordon's A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of PDF

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By Robert B. Gordon

ISBN-10: 0195128184

ISBN-13: 9780195128185

This booklet examines the economic ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal power assets in northwestern Connecticut. It specializes in the cultural context of people's judgements approximately know-how and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from business panorama to pastoral countryside.

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One man could run a forge, although a helper made the work easier. The bloomery proprietor needed less capital than would be required for other types of ironworks. The region had plenty of easily developed water privileges of the right size to power a bloomery forge. Although it took skill and practice to make high-quality metal, a forge owner or hired hand could learn enough of the bloom smelting technique from an experienced smith within a few months to make serviceable metal. Iron of ordinary quality satisfied most people's needs in the early days of the northwest.

The furnace built at Lakeville was probably similar in design. ) keepers to watch the furnace day and night, three "pounders" to break up the ore and flux, two fillers to charge the furnace, a banksman to unload ore, two coal stockers, and a jobber to clear the casting floor. 7 Allen's managerial talent (and his sense of civic responsibility) fell far short of his entrepreneurial skills. In three tumultuous years in Salisbury he repeatedly demonstrated his physical prowess by assaulting his neighbors, shocked and (privately) entertained the townspeople with his rich command of profanity, and soon parted company from his partners.

0 build the forge equipment, and market the product. The talents of the entrepreneurs who initiated ironmaking included different proportions of the speculator, capitalist, manager, and artisan. Some hopeful ironmakers lacked one or more of these essential skills, failed in their endeavor, and soon sold out to others. Martin Kellogg, one of the earliest adventurers in the northwestern wilderness, initiated ironmaking near Litchfield. Indians had carried young Kellogg from his Deerfield home and into captivity in 1704.

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