The Forest of Arden

The Forest of Arden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...on the side of a lovely wooded slope cruelly 97 gashed by the axes of the woodmen. The charcoal burner's hut is usually of a conical shape, with a roof of sods. Rain, snow or sunshine is all one to him, and when he has made an arrangement with the forest contractor, he encamps upon the spot and begins to construct his furnaces, or charcoal pits. These pits, called cuisages, are usually situated in spots sheltered from the wind, and are always conveniently near to some road. The operation of building the furnace, as the Mayor of La Roche explained it, requires much skill and patience. On the chosen spot nine paces are counted off for the diameter of the kiln. A circular space is formed in the centre for the fire-pit, by driving stout poles into the earth. These stakes are called attelles, and must be very dry, and split in quarters, with the upper ends resting together, and then row upon row of round sticks are placed until the whole circle has been completed. This is called the first lit or bed. Then this operation is continued, layer upon layer, until the whole is in the form of an inverted funnel. This is covered with twigs and fresh earth. The top is left open, and through this the fire is kindled with brush and leaves. Openings leading to the centre are left from the outside, and through these air is admitted. The tube serving as a chimney, the wood soon begins to burn. Now come the fatigue and skill of the workmen. When the smoke, at first white, becomes darker and more pungent, the openings are stopped up with fresh earth and thereafter but little air is left in. The charcoal burner must exercise extreme vigilance, always know the condition of his fire, and understand its control. Should the fire roar, he knows that combustion is more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514289
  • 9781236514288