Friday, February 4, 2011

The Brick Pits

While we were pulled over to wait for our pastor to join us, we happened to be next to a brick "factory". In this part of India, a tractor drives round and round in a pit filled with clay, cement and water--it mixes the stuff together. Then men take the mud, roll a ball of it in cement powder, slap it into a wooden mold, and tap it out onto the ground in straight rows to dry in the sun. They do hundreds a day! Later, they stack them closely into a flat tower with rice hulls in between, and set them on fire, where they smolder for days until fully baked. It's quite a process!

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