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October 11, 2014 in Bloomers and Buttons
Perhaps thanks a lot for sharing, it is awesome...!
I've had this movie for a long time, and learned lots from it. Glad it's on youtube!Michael McCarhy, Jake Keen and I met these men on our trip to Burkina Faso in2008.Unfortunately, I missed most of the smelt day, because I had drunksome water I shouldn't have the day before. ...
Awesome Lee, I had thought a couple people on there looked familiar from some pics that you shared. It is so damn cool seeing this.
Btw, I love those round hammers they are using in the forging part
Thank you very much for posting that..fantastic video!
This is a precious piece of video for me in particular. That is pretty much the way I make charcoal and they show us How to Burn it. I am not sure how long that smelt actually took ( I will try to estimate it by looking again ) but a guess would be 5-6 hrs. . The way the air enters that furnace, the ingredient composition and general furnace shape is fascinating.
The whole process points me to running slower with flux ( for iron )...for steel I will continue the faster furnaces.
Excellent video and wonderful that someone took the time to document it. I think for the next siderite ore smelt Owen and I do we need to drink beer and sacrifice a chicken.
The key to the drinking, is to feed some to the stack goddess while you're smelting. Drinking is a vital part of iron making
those bellows were interesting....very clever
Thank you for posting that. Quite amazing to watch
That was a really great video! It was really cool to watch these being made by a whole community of people that came together to make a necessary item for life. The celebration is amazing.
I agree, but an all steel hammer including the handle, god that would kill your wrist quick. But I wonder how that would work in forging knives. I guess if the hammer is held in a way one could forge a blade with a "hollow grind" edge with out grinding. but that's just me being foolish.
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