Finch Foundry is a 19th-century water-powered forge situated in the village of Sticklepath near Okehampton, Devon, England. It was originally used to produce agricultural and mining hand tools and its peak, produced around 400 edge tools a day. It remained an active foundry until 1960 when the roof collapsed and has been a National Trust property since 1994. It contains examples of a tilt hammer, drop hammer, and shear hammer all powered by the water wheels. The Trust maintains it in working order and demonstrations of the tools are given every hour.
A National Trust volunteer explaining how the foundry operated and was powered
Demonstrating the flattening of a red hot cast iron bar using the tilt hammer
Demonstrating the shear hammer by cutting a segment of red hot cast iron bar which had previously been flattened tilt hammer