切り出し七輪の製法(珪藻土切り出し技術) Traditional Diatomaceous Earth Industry in Japan





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Published on Apr 7, 2013





◎ In Suzu city, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, there is a unique traditional industry to manufacture portable charcoal cooking stoves (called "shichi-rin" in Japan) and refractory linings for the steel and ceramic industry using "diatomaceous earth" as raw material (diatomaceous earth is the remains of   12 million years old, sea-dwelling microorganisms that have decomposed into a predominantly silica-based substance).
Every one of these products is hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen and the skills to cut the blocks out of the bedrock of diatomaceous earth and form products from these blocks by using chisels have been inherited by local people from age to age. Although many workers have disappeared from this industry with the times, there are a few people who are still engaged in this culture at some workshops in the city.
In this video, we will introduce a part of this traditional industry, through focusing on the works of one veteran craftsman.
※This video was made by the "Keisodo-Kiridashi-Gijyutsu-Hozonkai" with the support of public organizations such as the Agency for Cultural Affairs in order to preserve and develop this traditional industry.

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