Cast Aluminum

People who cast aluminum pots —- there is only one kind of life, and there are indeed countless kinds of livelihood. The sweating bull went off work yesterday and passed by xiaoliangzhuang. He saw someone casting an aluminum pot at the entrance of the village, so he stopped to watch. To be honest, this is a traditional craft, which is rare now. The old family call it dao pot. I don’t know which dao word is. The couple who worked were in their forties. It was said that they came from Xiayi County and had worked for nearly ten years. In his words, this job is more free than working, without looking at the boss’s face. After saying that, I looked sincere. His wife was busy smashing a shabby aluminum kettle with a hammer so that it could be used back to the stove. There is a burning stove nearby, and there are coal blocks in woven bags not far away from the stove. Under the instigation of the small hair dryer, the fire is very vigorous. Men throw cans, scrap aluminum strips, etc. into the crucible in the stove from time to time. Behind him was a semi-old motor tricycle with large and small moulds and toolboxes. A red horn is fixed on the board behind the driving building, which is very conspicuous. In my opinion, this is a small mobile workshop. As pieces of waste aluminum products were thrown into the crucible one by one, under the effect of the high temperature of the fire, the waste aluminum gradually became soft and melted. Walking forward, we could see the white aluminum water in the Crucible, which was a bit like milk. The man held a long spoon and watched the fire while scooping out the floating impurities in the Crucible. There are several reverse buckle moulds on the ground, and there are also two prepared aluminum pots. The old couple who were waiting to process the aluminum pot aside was supposed to be from xiaoliangzhuang. The old man looked like more than 60 years old, relying on a tricycle, watching carefully. The old lady is taking out waste aluminum products from the woven bag brought by her home. In addition to providing waste aluminum for processing aluminum pots, they also need to pay processing fees. According to the male craftsman who works, casting a small aluminum pot requires about 5 jin of waste aluminum, and the processing fee is generally 50 or 60 yuan. I asked him how often he usually went home, Night Live where? He said as he was busy, this was not certain. He would stay outside longer when he lived more, and stayed in the hotel at night. Seeing his simple words made me feel that for them, running around is a kind of happiness, which can truly feel life; Exhaustion is a kind of enjoyment, which can be flawless and empty; busy is a kind of happiness, and there is no time to experience pain. Besides me and the old couple, there are also two villagers watching. Occasionally, passers-by stop to consult how to process aluminum pots, how much it will cost, etc. A woman riding an electric car came over and wanted to process a small aluminum pan. The busy craftsman’s wife put down her work and went to her motor tricycle to pick up a sample. The aluminum pot was really not big, and that woman wanted to buy this small aluminum pot directly. The craftsman’s wife said that there was only one sample left and she would not sell it. Because the mold for making this was broken in Shangma village the day before yesterday, it could not be sold. The woman asked a few more words and left. At this time, the male craftsman saw that the aluminum water in the crucible in the fire was almost enough, so he bent down to pull out the power supply of the small blast machine, conveniently took a long pliers of the fire and took out the Crucible full of aluminum water from the fire, quickly walk to the mold several meters away, carefully pour aluminum water into the mold reservation port, and then put the Crucible aside, Picked up a small iron spoon from the ground, scooped out the extra aluminum water from the reserved mouth and poured it into the crucible. After scooping about three or four spoons, he took another round tool in front of him when it was hot, and reached into the reserved mouth to level the contact surface. This series of actions are skillful and compact, busy but not chaotic. After finishing casting, he skillfully loosened the fastening bolts on both sides of the mold. About six or seven minutes later, he began to move to the upper cover of the mold with difficulty, which seemed not light. When the hood is removed, Ah! A silvery white aluminum pan was hung upside down and presented in front of everyone. Several spectators, including me, were also very happy. They really wanted to play tricks. In my opinion, this glittering silver aluminum pot is simply a rare work of art. Of course, it also condenses the painstaking efforts and sweat of the craftsmen and couples. At this time, the craftsman’s wife was not idle either. She was wearing special gloves on her left hand, busy maintaining the mold and smearing graphite powder on the smooth cover. It seems that the cover has residual temperature, and the black towel is steaming. When the aluminum pan was removed, she carefully maintained the inner cover of the mold. Let alone, the division of labor between the couple is relatively clear. Seeing it was getting late, they also finished their work. I intentionally took some photos of them at work as a souvenir. On the way, I sent photos to WeChat, and soon a friend left a message. His friend Nalan Xiaohui said, “good workmanship, I have seen it when I was a child. Friends feng ya song said: With the development of society, seeing that their frequency will become less and less, the industry will disappear far away. I think so, this most traditional processing industry will disappear one day. Nevertheless, people who are engaged in this industry are respectable. After all, they live by their own hard work, which is another kind of life compared with us. In order to survive, they left their hometowns and drifted between cities and villages, and there were still some hardships. It can be said that they live on the edge of the city, but carry the burden of the family’s life and the hope of the future on their shoulders. 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