John Plant of Primitive Technology is back making magic with naturally-occurring iron bacteria. In this video, we see him go through the entire process, from collecting and processing the iron bacteria, to creating the charcoal he’ll need, building the bricks and furnace, and finally, smelting the iron.
The yield of iron prills he gets is not as high as previous smelts (due to seasonal changes in the bacteria), so he tries experimenting with different furnace designs to see if it makes a difference in the yield. After three smelts and a lot of labor, he was only manages to make about 45 g of iron.
But hey, no one said that entering the Iron Age was a ever easy.
Thumbnail: Screen grab, Primitive Technology, John Plant
It’s fascinating to watch this process by which primitive technologist, John Plant (previously at Boing Boing), turns creek sand into usable iron prills. I love the ingenious sluice that he makes using one of the clay roofing tiles he made in a previous video. This looks like a lot of painstaking work for the modest… READ THE REST
Ever since John Plant has been back from a two year hiatus of his hugely popular Primitive Technology YouTube channel, viewers have been carping that he was basically remaking all of the same tech he’d made previously. Well, take this, naysayers. He made his first trebuchet. READ THE REST
In this Primitive Technology video, John Plant processes iron bacteria into prills and then cast them in a clay mold to create a crude but effective iron blade. It’s a long, painstaking process (e.g. 10 hours of sharpening just to get a usable edge!), but hey, iron age, baby! READ THE REST
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