Water wheel powering a hammer and bellows

Water wheel powering a hammer and bellows

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Caption: Water powered forge. Water wheel (at right) powering a hammer (at lower centre) and bellows (at centre left) in a forge. The wheel is connected to the hammer and bellows by a crank system. This mechanism lifts the hammer and allows it to fall under its own weight onto a sheet of metal which a worker has placed on an anvil. Image taken from Kunstliche Abriss allerhand Wasser- Wind- Ross- und Handt Mullen (1617) by J. de Strada.

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Keywords: 16th century, bellows, energy, forge, hammer, historical, history of science, ramelli's water wheel, technology, water, water power, water powered, water wheel, wheel

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