Coalburning

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The craft of burning charcoal has its roots long ago. Before people were able to work with Bronze and Copper during the late Stone Age, these ores had to be won and melted. In this process the development of burning charcoal cannot be missed. That is why burning charcoal is one of the most traditional crafts.

However, this art of burning coal appears to be dying. In 2014 a project started to revive this ancient craft in the Netherlands. The museum, in collaboration with the agency Casteller, Archeon and Foundation de Vliegende Houtskoolbranders organized a series of events, made possible by a grant from the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.

In 2014 employees from Archeon and members of Foundation de Vliegende Houtskoolbrander travelled to Jesberg (Germany) to learn the craft of coal burning from experts. In September 2014 a public event was organized, during which a small kiln was built, burned and harvested. Extra activities were organized by Archeon and an educational program was developed for Technasium, which helped the craft to be recognized by thousands of people. They were able to experience how coal is produced, but were also confronted with the many applications of the product – from metalworking and producing gunpowder to medicinal use and coal drawings.

The foundation de Vliegende Houtskoolbrander meanwhile grows and spreads this ancient craft throughout the Netherlands.

Activities surrounding the reintroduction of the craft of burning coal and the training to become a coal burner were made possible by a grant from the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie.