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<br>Vallon forging was the principal iron-working method in Sweden from the early 17th century until the early 20th century. Their skills prompted trade with other countries due to the fine-quality product. When producing iron, the ore was first smelted into pig-iron in blast furnaces, and then worked into bar iron by smiths in the forges. The bar iron was a high quality semi-manufactured article that was further processed by the customer into finished products.  
 
<br>Vallon forging was the principal iron-working method in Sweden from the early 17th century until the early 20th century. Their skills prompted trade with other countries due to the fine-quality product. When producing iron, the ore was first smelted into pig-iron in blast furnaces, and then worked into bar iron by smiths in the forges. The bar iron was a high quality semi-manufactured article that was further processed by the customer into finished products.  
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<br>Some Vallonbruks were large establishments that contained the whole manufacturing process. Others were smaller units with a single blast furnace. The bruks were much more than factories, essentially they were complete miniature societies where many people worked and resided. Working conditions were hard, but the management also took responsibility for the workers’ social welfare. In the beginning, the Valloons, like most immigrants, married within their own group. They spoke French, not Swedish, and were not Lutherans like most of the Swedish were. Later on, they moved to other parts of Sweden where they were sought because of their skills, and slowly started to mix with the Swedes in marriage.
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<br>Some Vallonbruks were large establishments that contained the whole manufacturing process. Others were smaller units with a single blast furnace. The bruks were much more than factories, essentially they were complete miniature societies where many people worked and resided. Working conditions were hard, but the management also took responsibility for the workers’ social welfare. In the beginning, the Valloons, like most immigrants, married within their own group. They spoke French, not Swedish, and were not Lutherans like most of the Swedish were. Later on, they moved to other parts of Sweden where they were sought because of their skills, and slowly started to mix with the Swedes in marriage.  
    
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*Sällskapet Vallonättlingar. Vallon-Skivan 2&nbsp;: person- och släktuppgifter för vallonättlingar, deras familjer och nämaste släktingar i Sverige. 2008. CD-ROM No. 5081  
 
*Sällskapet Vallonättlingar. Vallon-Skivan 2&nbsp;: person- och släktuppgifter för vallonättlingar, deras familjer och nämaste släktingar i Sverige. 2008. CD-ROM No. 5081  
 
*Society of Swedish Walloon Descendants, http://www.vallon.se/english.htm<br>
 
*Society of Swedish Walloon Descendants, http://www.vallon.se/english.htm<br>
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