Torajan Iron Working
Torajan Iron Working Rantepao Reviews
A traditional technology using Malay bellows Sep 18, 2009
Ironworking is a well-developped craft in Tana Toraja,the land of Torajan people in Sulawesi Indonesia who attribute a magical force to iron.In every village one can see at least a forge with a smith.There are also temporary forges for blacksmiths digging during months into hard rocks graves.They have to stop their work frequently to fix their chisels in the forge because of the hardness of the rock.
Blacksmiths in Tana Toraja use for metal processing traditional Malay bellows that consist in a pair of connected bamboo pipes and chicken feather bellows at the end ,the smith being on the top and blowing the bellows.
A scale model of iron processing is displayed in Makassar Museum.
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Part of the MY THIRD INDONESIAN TRIP :SULAWESI 2009 travel blog
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