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A Fine Day Out



It was a good Sunday, a grand location for photography, The Black Country Museum, Fine weather and the chance to meet with other Shutterchance photographers. Ablely organised by Chris, a day after the birthday cake crafted  by Penny in the yard of the Bottle and Glass public house that was expertly capture by Bill. All in all a good day to meet up with all of you, may there be many more.

 

The Black Country Museum was running the Home of Metal weekend as part of Birmingham and the Black Country's Home of Metal Festival celebrations. As a special event the Rolling Mill was in operation with several demonstrations during the day.

 

The mill was designed to be operated by hand by a team of workers. The red hot bar would be pulled from the furnace, dropped on the floor and then thrown to the first man on the mill.

 

mill

 

He would feed the red hot iron bar straight from the furnace into the first set of rolls.

 

mill

 

When the hot iron emerged on the other side it was caught by the next worker and fed through the next mill stand along. As the iron passed from one man to the next, passing through a different set of rolls each time, it would be gradually forced to the correct size and shape.

 

mill

 

An expert member of the team was responsbile for shaping and setting the rolls before the start of the shift, to ensure that all the finished bars were perfect.

A Fine Day Out



It was a good Sunday, a grand location for photography, The Black Country Museum, Fine weather and the chance to meet with other Shutterchance photographers. Ablely organised by Chris, a day after the birthday cake crafted  by Penny in the yard of the Bottle and Glass public house that was expertly capture by Bill. All in all a good day to meet up with all of you, may there be many more.

 

The Black Country Museum was running the Home of Metal weekend as part of Birmingham and the Black Country's Home of Metal Festival celebrations. As a special event the Rolling Mill was in operation with several demonstrations during the day.

 

The mill was designed to be operated by hand by a team of workers. The red hot bar would be pulled from the furnace, dropped on the floor and then thrown to the first man on the mill.

 

mill

 

He would feed the red hot iron bar straight from the furnace into the first set of rolls.

 

mill

 

When the hot iron emerged on the other side it was caught by the next worker and fed through the next mill stand along. As the iron passed from one man to the next, passing through a different set of rolls each time, it would be gradually forced to the correct size and shape.

 

mill

 

An expert member of the team was responsbile for shaping and setting the rolls before the start of the shift, to ensure that all the finished bars were perfect.

comments (10)

very dynamic. the tattooed forearms and the sprays of sparks are highlights for me
Les Auld: Thanks Ayush, glad you liked them.
Wow - these are great photos- perfect shutter & aperture to show the drama of the craft. I enjoyed learning all about it. Thanks Les!
Les Auld: My pleasure in posting them Elizabeth, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Sep 2011, 08:22
A terrific set of images Les. It was a darn good day out and a pleasure to see you again
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, they seemed to fit together well to make the story. It was pleasure meeting up again, perhaps one day I'll get down to Bath.
A superb set Les. Very interesting pictures.
Les Auld: A very interesting day Frances, thanks for the comment.
Les these are a splendid set of images taken under what I thought were difficult lighting conditions. It was a memorable day.
Les Auld: It was indeed Martin, and a touch of HDR helped bring out the detail as well. Thanks for the comment.
It was a good day and you were right about this picture Les, it is a cracking shot
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, appreciate the comment.
What a fine set of images Les, I wonder how you managed to get this close. It was a good day I agree, no the last I hope.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, the wonders of a long lens from across the canal helped in getting close. Thanks for the comment.
Dramatic captures Les
Les Auld: Thanks John, appreciate the comment.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Sep 2011, 18:45
Those are great images, they capture the scene well.

It was great to meet up with everyone on Sunday.
Les Auld: It was a good day Cherie, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Sep 2011, 20:29
It's been a few years since I've been to the Museum but I'm sure this exhibit was not there then. Your images are good, as usual. I'm sorry that I could not be there on Sunday.
Les Auld: It is fairly recent Alan, perhaps you can make it next time. Thanks for the comment.

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