|The chimney on the left is for the forge hearth where the ingots were heated up to make them ready for forging.
Inside the Tilt Forge are two massive tilt hammers. They are driven from a huge wooden drive shaft. This shaft also operates a guillotine (large shears) which was used to cut up steel bars.
The speed of the water wheel which turns the drive shaft is controlled from the wooden handle which comes down from the roof. If the forge master worked at full tilt, he could make about 80 scythe blades a day.
There are two tilt mechanisms, side by side, on the same drive shaft. The drive shaft is driven, through a gear system, by the Tilt Wheel.