one end of a stout pliable stick, which is firmly fixed at its other end in a horizontal position, the cord being of such a length that the piston-head is supported by it near the upper end of the cylinder. Two men squat upon the platform and each works one pair of the cylinders, grasping a piston-rod in each hand, thrusting them down alternately, and allowing the elastic reaction of the supporting rods above to draw them up again. The crucible, having been brought to white heat in the furnace, is allowed to cool, when a mass of metallic iron or steel is found within it.
The forging of implements from the metal obtained is effected by the aid of a charcoal furnace to which a blast is supplied by the bellows described above, or Fig. 31.a Stone Hammers,
sometimes by one consisting of two cylinders only. Stone anvils and hammers were formerly used, and may still be seen in use in the far interior (Fig. 31); but the Kayans make iron hammers and an anvil consisting of a short thick bar of iron, the lower end of which is vertically in a large block of wood.
, . J- a e peculiarly shaped and finely tempered sword-ade, malat, is the highest product of the Kayan acksmith. The smith begins his operations on a bar of steel some eight inches in length. One end IS ui ?r Srasped with pincers, or thrust firmly into a block of wood that serves for a handle. The