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.