February 17, 2018

Ironworks the Iron Age style: the true thing done again by Burkinabe elders for the sake of historical document

This is a truly fascinating film, made by the people of Burkina Faso documenting their own, now vanishing tradition of iron smelting and forging, done again for the sake of historical documentation by the elders who used to do it decades ago (and some youngsters helping too) reproducing all the steps: from charcoal making and iron ore mining and selection, to the construction of the furnaces, the smelting of ore and finally tool-making itself. I cannot recommend it more wholeheartedly:


  1. Hi Luis. Really interesting, sad that the video does not allow the translation of subtitles to post it on my blog and to better understand the process. I will share in social media. Thanks.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this Maju!


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