The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Making Charcoal the Old-Fashioned Way

If you didn't get out to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, you missed a nice living history presentation of 19th-century charcoal-making. Luckily for you, you can catch it here at Go Wood!

You might recall we discussed real hardwood charcoal around Memorial Day, just in time for summer grilling. Well, the history of this life-sustaining, industrial revolution wood product is shared here by Sandy Smith of Penn State Extension, with his fellow colliers Bill Metzel, a historical re-enactor from State College, and Paul Fagley of the Pennsylvania DCNR, historical interpreter for the Greenwood Furnace State Park. Video is about 20 minutes long, and well worth the look at a side of history you've probably never heard or read about.

2 comments:

john lee pettimore said...

Very informational . Thanks to all the fellows that did the tutorial .....

john lee pettimore said...

very informational and fun to learn about... Thanks to the guys that made it all possible