From what appears to be a furnace, a large, glowing block is lifted with the help of a crane over to a table by a group of men. A hammer comes from above and pounds down on the block ... See full summary »
From what appears to be a furnace, a large, glowing block is lifted with the help of a crane over to a table by a group of men. A hammer comes from above and pounds down on the block repeatedly as the men turn the block several times so that it will acquire a certain shape. Written by
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Another one of future Griffith cameraman Billy Bitzer's industrial films, this one appears to have been filmed in some kind of foundry. I visited a foundry once, and it really was like descending into a version of hell - all heat and noise, ash and dirt. The place on this film looks no different - little light, no windows. A group of men use some kind of gantry crane to lift a red hot block of iron from a furnace. As they do so, one man, possibly a supervisor of some kind as he is wearing a white shirt and waistcoat, waves at the camera as if warning Bitzer to keep back.
The men guide the metal to a platform situated beneath the titular steam hammer and it soon goes to work. The hammer truly is a fearsome machine. It slams down onto the metal, hammering it into some required form with a force that s truly terrifying and sending showers of sparks flying in all directions. Every now and then the men rotate the metal into position, and you can't help wincing at the thought of what damage to the human body a hammer of such terrifying force could do.
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