The Carrie Furnace - Downcomers

The downcomers at The Carrie Furnace were used to collect waste material from the iron making process. The audio segment describes how the work was so difficult that the men often lost several pounds of water weight daily.

Downcomers at The Carrie Furnace. 

Downcomers I

In making this photograph, I was drawn to the abstract geometric lines and shapes of the pipes, the stairs, and the downcomer itself.

The audio segment describes how the men who worked here were payed not only hourly wages, but also incentive pay to generate more tonnage. The immensity of the work often resulted in the loss of several pounds of body weight per shift. Weight was kept stable with regular meals and the use of salt tablets.