photographer: Guido Guglielmelli
In Serra San Bruno, in Calabria, the charcoal tradition still lives today. It is a very ancient craft that still involves the whole family and that is therefore handed down from generation to generation. In Serra San Bruno the coalmen continue to produce their coal by hand, using the "scarazzi" method. Big domes of wood and wet earth resemble small smoking volcanoes, which lead to carbonization of wood in about 30 days. Thus, for almost a month, the coalmen work to take care of them, keeping the temperature stable so that everything works.