Wrought Iron

In its simplest definition 'Wrought Iron' is a specific type of iron, and the traditional material of the blacksmith, deriving its name from the word 'wrought', which is the medieval past tense of the verb 'to work'. Wrought Iron literally means 'worked iron', which refers to the method of manufacturing the metal by working repeatedly under a hammer. In the past the work of the blacksmith therefore became known as 'Wrought Ironwork', a name that has persisted for the art form even though the metal in use may not be wrought iron.