Birikano David has been a blacksmith for over 20 years. He goes to Kisoro and Kabale towns to buy scrap like car springs, poles and charcoal as raw materials for blacksmithing.
Bikirano uses poles to support his structure and charcoal as fuel. He recalls that initially, he used iron ore from Kabale and Kisoro but this mineral has increasingly become scarce as mining ndustries have been set up in the araes making local access difficult.
Speaking from his home, Bikirano was concerned about the lack of community interest in blacksmithing.
Francis Ahorwendeye, SingirumukizaDamaseni, EriaBigirinwano are members of the same family and have survived on wood work to fend for their families.
The skills were inherently passed on from their parents and they solely used to depend on forest resources as raw materials for their artifacts.
With the gazetting of the national forests these traditional craftsmen have witnessed a scarcity of their raw materials like wood for curving.
The BwindiMgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT) introduced them to the idea of planting trees and sourcing raw materials from communities rather than directly depending on forests.