Technology is a wonderful way to discover lost arts, for example, how to make a thatched shelter, how to make wooden pegs for timber framing and how to make charcoal. This last one appealed to me particularly as it is now summer and I have an abundance of wood around so why not try and make my own.
So, off to you tube and voila – too many videos. So, I picked a very simple technique of surrounding the wood in a mud mound and burning it that way. I had visions of being able to barbecue everything from breakfast to tea for the whole village. If you are interested go check out “primitive technologies” – this guy does all kinds of things with very little.
Anyway, a valiant attempt. I know what I did wrong. However, given the amount of time I put into this project I am thankful for the corner store and my smartphone where I can watch other people make their own whilst relaxing in my backyard.