A question has come up in the Yahoo Early Iron Group as to whether or
not there was an "approved" European technique for forging a bloom
into bar. I do not recall ever reading an historical account of bloom
forging that had that level of detail (which may only mean I don't
remember). Are there historic descriptions of bloom smithing? Has
anyone done an analysis of bar iron that would reveal how it was
forged? Is this something that could be done?