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Røros museum. Melting shop

The second part of the museum is a real metallurgical shop, founded in 1646.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The picture above the entrance shows what the factory looked like in 1888.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Copper ore was fed from the mines to the furnace charge yard of the smelting factory.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

In addition to ore, quartz was also stored here, which removed iron from the melt.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Fuel was wood, which was harvested in the surrounding forests.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

All transport operations were done manually, workers delivered materials to the furnaces on a stretcher.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The model of the smelting factory.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The melting furnace was constructed of layered natural stone.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Loading the charge into the furnace.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Exhaust openings of the furnace. Through the upper merged easy slag, heavy copper came out through the lower.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The main tools of the metallurgist are a wheelbarrow and a shovel.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The smelting furnaces were located along the river, which served as a source of energy for the drive of mechanisms.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

On the river was a dam, where the water was supplied to the wheels on wooden trays.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The wheels rotated the crank mechanisms that set in motion the furs, inflating the air into the melting furnaces.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Carefully made models of mechanisms and now work on the energy of water.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The metal and slag merged into cast-iron ladle carts, the slag was taken to the dumps, the metal went to the foundry site.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

In the corner of the shop there is a small metallurgical laboratory, here the quality of copper was estimated, and now the souvenir bars are smelted.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Casting mold.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

These bailers poured molten metal into molds.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Copper went to customers in these bars.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Products were weighed and carefully considered, copper was a very expensive commodity. Cannons and Church bells were cast from it, rolled sheets for covering roofs, which in some places are already 300 years.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Over time, wooden overpasses were replaced with concrete ones.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Mechanical loading devices appeared.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

I worked in the copper smelting industry, and I want to say that my fatory is not much different from what I saw here.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The company worked until 1953. Now only the lower parts of the furnaces.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Pieces of solidified metal is removed from furnace stopped.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Unique photos of the late nineteenth century.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

Copper spill site. Round barrel on the tracks is the mixer, which receives the melt of the desired composition.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

As you can see, in those days there was no special clothing, workers did not have any protective equipment, even helmets. I am familiar with the work of modern metallurgists, even today it is dangerous and hard physical work in extreme conditions.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The graphs show the performance of the company for more than three centuries.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop

The museum has a small collection of household items of miners and metallurgists.

Røros museum. Copper smelting shop