Water, as source of energy, turns the wheel, which touches the end of the arm of the hammer transforming the circular movement into a vertical movement in order to permit the hammer to fall on the anvil. The Malcantone forge is the only one of its type still in existence in Switzerland. Production was interrupted suddenly on August 10th 1951. During the night, the Magliasina stream rose to levels which had never been reached before. The forge was flooded and partially destroyed. Fedele Agostoni, the last blacksmith (1888-1983), had to take refuge, with all his family, in Miglieglia.
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Maglio del Malcantone
Comitato di gestione: Paolo Righetti, Niki Paltenghi, Roy Clavadetcher
Sentiero delle Meraviglie
Open from April to October
from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed if it's raining
Admission: by donation
Take the path that from Ponte di Vello leads to the Sentiero delle Meraviglie