Emanuel’s brick enterprise

Emanuel invited the couples over to his home to watch how bricks are made. He is making his own bricks, and firing them, to add an addition to his home.

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We actually did our best to help a little in the building of the ‘oven’ for the bricks. The bricks are laid out in rows, with charcoal inbetween the rows of bricks as you build a small pyramid. They already had about 10 rows of bricks when we arrived (one quarter done: they built it in two sections, we worked on the first section).

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After a couple of rows of bricks were put in place, bags of charcoal would be brought up to pour into the spaces between the bricks. Then more bricks, more charcoal, etc.

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Right next door was the pit where they were making the bricks. In Luputa we saw them making bricks with a wood mold and then using a large mallet/bat to pound the dirt and compact it. Here they had a brick ‘machine’. We will be putting on a video of the machine at work. They would oil the inside of the mold, then shovel dirt into the mold, and then use the handle to compress the dirt into a brick. Afterward, the machine automatically lifted the brick out of the mold, and they then placed the brick into a stack to dry. They were doing about one brick every 5 seconds.

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This shows them compressing the dirt in the mold

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This shows the top of the pyramid, and you can clearly see the rows of bricks with charcoal inbetween the bricks.

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Here is Terri tossing a brick to me– we had a chain gang going, passing bricks up to the top of the pyramid where Emanuel would place them in the correct position.

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Terri texting sick missionaries in the foreground, Emanuel with the hat, his older brother, and Sister Wright.

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We had lots of kids around watching the show!

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Across the street from the brick making is Emanuel’s home. After we finished for the day, Emanuel’s wife Marlyn had fixed lunch for everyone (the Wright’s and Terri and I stayed for lunch, the Eastman’s had to leave early). She had fixed Foo Foo, rice, vegetables (Casaba?), and dried salted fish. It was a great meal.

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Some more good shots of the building of the pyramid, and the thousands of bricks that had already been made, ready to be fired in the man made oven.

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Sister Wright with the neighborhood kids

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This child had made his own toy to play with. The children here are very creative!

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This is NOT Emanuel’s kiln, but gives you an idea of what it will look like when it is done. You can see that after the pyramid is built they install another wall around the outside, about 3 inches away from the inner wall. This permits the entire amount of bricks ‘inside’ the oven when it cooks.

Emanuel will be baking about 20,000 bricks at one time. Each brick costs about 5 cents to make. After firing, you can sell the bricks for about 15 cents each. Subtract the labor and the cost of the charcoal, and you can get a nice profit from the work (although most people have a hard time getting together enough money to build their own oven– they just buy a few bricks at a time until they have enough to build a wall, or room, or something).

Emanuel will be using about 2000 bricks to create a salon for his house (he has two rooms and a garage now), and then selling the rest.

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