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Hand Made Bricks

Brick Making, DVD Production

Hand Made Bricks
Brick Making, DVD Production

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Drawing a KilnBackground

Bricks are part of the structure of modern society. Even in the age of the microchip there is still a place for the traditional hand made brick!

This production was recorded at Oak Farm Brickworks in 1982, and was I.A.Recordings second industrial archaeology project.


Working with wire cut bricks - which have just been pressed. It follows the process from raw clay through to the finished bricks. Showing the making of wire-cut and special hand moulded bricks.

Oak Farm was one of the few brickyards that still employed women hand moulders, one of whom, still working at the age of 68, had started as a girl loading railway wagons.


View of the round, down draft kilns - once hand fired with coalSadly the works has now closed and been demolished. It was situated on Oak Lane, Kingswinford.

For more information, on Oak Farm Brickworks, see the Oak Farm Brickworks Site Feature

Mrs Elgerton, Hand Moulder

Details

  • Written and narrated by former brick maker John Cooksey.
  • NGR: (139) SO 897 905
  • Running time: 12½ mins.
  • £10.00 - DVD
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

 

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