Transport part along Isla creek. Ref 1
The main part of Isla creek. Ref 1
Picture from the small black smith was in work at the
showing day. Ref 1
At this show day coffee and bred was serverd. Ref 1
The area outside the furnace today. Ref 1
Preheating ovens. Ref 1.
Iron emptying place. Ref. 1
The bridge up for coal to top of the furnace today. Ref 1
Coal area today. Ref 1
Masugnens topp med de olika malmbingarna. Ref 1.
Top of the funace today. Ref 1.
Old bridge for transporting coal. Ref 1
Actual picture when working on top of the furnace. Note the
balance. Ref 1
Invitation paper for the yearly meeting of Åg. Ref 1
|At Isla creek there were some
smaller streams and these were the outlet from the Åg lake.
Here since ancient time a farmer timber saw been built by
farmers in Östansjö village. Further more there was a
mounting pasture with the name old pasture.
The main conditions were in place for a small community. Falu
Coppermine invested money in mining. They had since long
Vintjärns mine. This mine sent it's ore by wagonload to
the foundry of Svartjärn. Here the iron became pig iron.
This furnace was not big enough to take all ore because of
water supply was not big enough to generate power long time
to this furnace.
Now it was decided to build a new furnace which should be a
complement to Svartnäs. It became Åg. The re building was
ready 1828 and was in use for 99 years up to 1927.
The owners in
Östansjö sold there ground and the area around and a smaller
furnace was built 1826. All ore was transported to Åg by
wagonload during winter from Vintjärn mine. All this ore was
rusted to pig iron. This was then transported to Svartjärn
which was the main furnace to Åg.
This was an expensive and time-consuming way but the best
with the time being production. Åg had more water than they
consumed for power and suggestion came to build a hammer.
But this was instead made in
Now it was possible to raise the production 1838 to 175 days
a years and 1700 tons of pig iron 1850.
But the whole furnace was on fire 1844 to the ground. It was
rebuilt again in a year and the works was developed. Among
all a new rust oven of Westman type was built. Air gas was
taken from the foundry.
Another fire destroyed the works
1899, but Åg was built up at once. Now the leading group was
updated and a manager was hired. Furthermore a school was
started for the workers children and also and also a parish
The most important for a furnace at this time was that it
could be in use year around. This was limited by the water
supply. To make it better the water level in Åg lake was
raised and water from around area was controller carefully.
A railroad was also built from Vintjärn in order to be sure
of ore supply. During warm winters it happened that no ore
could be transported at all. All the horse wagons used the
This showed to be a good investment. The foundry could now,
modernized and updated, be in use for 322 days 1890 and
production was 4000 tons. The next investment was a new rust
oven of Wiborg's construction, which could take fine graded ore. This was built 1910 and
Ag reached as most as 5900
This became maximum for this small scaled iron poduction. In
Europe the industry developed quickly and this demanded
other type of iron and in much more larger amount. During
the end of 1800 in Sweden the so called small scaled "works
New works put effort in more large scale. This can be
studied when Avesta works was built for large scale
production in the
beginning of 1910.
The small works of Åg went on with fighting spirit and no
one that worked there could ever imagine what was going on. The
demand for iron kept high because of all wars in the world.
American civil war, Frech German war, Boer wars and WWI.
Sweden delivered iron for all these. The development for
others works which were placed better for transport made
more tons of iron.
Ågs works was closed 1927 and all were astonished. In order
not to cause discussion it was decided that nothing should
be tear down. It was like "We are soon going on
again". Everything was left as is, and today there is an
interesting goal for visits were that time of iron
production can be studied.
Those children who experienced this download, arrange
once a year a meeting at Åg works and for all other interested.
At this oppotunity many old workers come back and tell us
about their workplace.
Pig iron balance. Ref 1
View from the slag heap. Ref 1
Loadnning the furnace hound. Ref 1
Loading the furnace. Ref 1
Emptying the furnace. Ref 1
Train arriving with ore or loading oir iron. Ref. 1
Tansport brige upt o the rust oven. Ref 1
Stored ore. Ref 1
Difernt storing places for rusted ore. Ref 1
Emptying the furnace. Ref 1
Another view from slag heap. Ref 1
Storeing room. Ref 1
Bottom part of rust oven. Ref 1
Left transport tools. Ref 1
Openings in rustoven. Ref 1
Rustoven. Ref 1