Making 箕 for charcoal sorting - from a reclaimed trash can

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Read more about the museum project here: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2017/01/building-traditional-swordsmith-forge/
See more traditional Japanese swordsmith style forge construction projects here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBJ5AOs7cMwCSinW7foaiHFZKbZDkasQL

Most of history was forged with very simple equipment made from found and natural materials. This rusted-out garbage can is used as the sheet stock for a rough but functional d.i.y. container in the shape of a winnowing basket.

Traditional Japanese swordsmithing forges are fueled by softwood charcoal which is first chopped, screened, and sorted into several sizes for different stages of the forging process. The "mi" (箕) is used to store and move charcoal between screens during the sumi-kiri process.

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