Forging Ahead

Today we made a giant needle on the forge, needed to sew the straw bales together.

First a fire was made in the fire pit, then some embers were placed gently on a dug out platform on the spoil heap. The make-shift bellows were put into action to keep the embers aglow. The fire was fueled by some home-made charcoal that a team member had made.

An iron rod was heated until it was red hot and then hammered in to a sharp long flat needle with an eye for the twine to go through.

So great to make something from scratch that is going to be an essential tool in the straw bale build.

Everyone was very pleased with the final product and happy with their efforts!

What an achievement!

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