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Thursday, April 29, 2010

casting concrete

Multiple pieces of decorative concrete work are being made all at once on the flat concrete platform at the Cambridge Steet open-air atellier. The concrete pieces are representations of bamboo posts. There are rebars sticking out of the bottom (left) of the pieces which will be set in future pieces of concrete.

The artisans from China use a combination of modern tools (power cement mixer, trucks) and traditional wooden molds. The worker in the back left is sweeping dust off the platform using a short-handled whisk, which may be a traditional tool but also seems to me to be rather hard on the back.

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