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The factory only operates during and after the harvest season (shown above in an image from 2012) and was not operating during the time of our workshop, which gave us the opportunity to utilize the space for the preparations and the workshop.
Preparations for the workshop
Visit to an escola florestal, to get an insight into traditional mandioca root processing.
Trying out a traditional manual pressing system for sugar cane.
Collecting ouriços (wooden nut capsules) in a Brazil nut harvesting area in floresta nativa in the Oriximiná region. The nuts are typically rounded up at strategically convenient places such as paths or rivers. There they are splitted up with machetes. The nuts are gathered in bags and transported to the processing plants, while the fruit capsules remain rounded up at these relatively accessible locations.
Workshop: The millstone
The mould was made of recycled plywood and parts of a plastic water tank. These tanks are a common piece of domestic fresh water storage in Latin America.
Workshop: The Briqueting Press
The workshop started with a few prepared kits for briquete presses, based on the design of Engineers without Borders. During the workshop, the design was explored and adapted according to the findings of the tests runs and the suggestions of the participants.