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.
With my explorations I question where things come from and how processes work that we take for granted. This project aims to help reconnect to materials and processes relating to how metal extraction originally workeed.
The bog iron ore that is used in the 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.




©Heinrich Ehnert, 2018