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Making iron


We live in a highly complex, modern world. Many people train as specialists in one field which is necessary for a functioning society. This leads, however, to a reduction in basic knowledge, despite public shows interest in fundamental processes.
I try to question where things come from and how processes that we take for granted work. That is why this project aims to help reconnect to materials and processes relating to how metal extraction originally workeed.
The bog iron ore that is used for this process is found in the fields where special conditions prevail. It is a product of bacteria and was used for furnaces before modern smelting furnaces were invented. The demonstration lasts for two days. It shows the process from building the furnace through to the natural creation of forgeable iron. Porous pig iron that is created throughout the process is further processed into forgable iron. The two days lasting process results in around 17kg iron from 95kg iron ore.




©Heinrich Ehnert, 2017