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Bending Fork
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Title: Bending Fork
Identifier: X964.100.86
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1800-1900
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Cast iron blacksmith's fork. Long rectangular metal arm, narrows at one end, has a squared off 'u' shape on the other end.

The narrowed bottom end fits into an anvil and used for bending flat pieces and for making 'T' pieces.

Heating iron to a "forging heat" allows bending. Bending can be done with the hammer over the horn or edge of the anvil or by inserting a bending fork into the Hardy Hole (the square hole in the top of the anvil) and placing the work piece between the tines of the fork and bending the material to the desired angle. Bends can be dressed and tightened or widened by hammering them over the appropriately-shaped part of the anvil. _http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacksmith_
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