There was hardly anyone at the beach...maybe 15 of us on the entire shore. It was beautiful...quiet, slow lapping waves...bright warm sun....little noise of humans. The seagulls visited me all day long. I stopped at The Book Barn on the way to the beach and picked up a book called, Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World. In between seagull watching and dozing....I got to read a bunch of pages in my book as well.
First fire, first course...slow warming of the cob
Building it up...
Beginning another day of mud stomping...
Late night cobbing. We ran out of clay late...so we made a run to the rive for more buckets of clay. We wanted to finish it the best we could last night.
Needing to start cobbing the top with finish coat.
It was a cloudy day and with the tarp/roof over the oven the photos are kind of dark. Although, this one was at night. I used a flash despite it being daytime. So...everything is a bit washed out.
Trying to keep the fire low and slow...
Early morning checking for cracks in the cob. There are a few cracks in the front.
Cracks that need mending
Backside of oven
Bricks already blackened by the fire
The front needs some more rounding and smoothing out
The bricks hanging down just inside the opening are going to be trimmed off...
The day started out with us visiting a few clay pits in town to check the clay we had gathered from our friends river... against this clay. It looked good.
Digging the sand form out of the oven
This took some muscle
Everyone took a turn at digging
First Cob Dance
Clay, sand, straw...
The dog loved the smell of cob!
Mushroom ring growing nearby the oven site...
Scrapping the insides
First course of cob being layed down
Heave Ho! Pulling that cob mixture back and forth...mixing.
Father, daughter dance...
Round and round...cobbing it on...
Holes being poked into cob to help with binding courses together...
Using a board to push the sides even...
Cleaned out inside of the oven. The paper will burn off with a fire started inside.
Doing the 4 step
One boys cob feet...
A girl's cobbing feet...
So far...still not done
We still have some work to do! We haven't decided whether or not to leave this as the last course. We sort of like the look of the straw peeking through. We might do a final coat over the entire oven. Then...onto finishing the roof.
(on our property)
Goldenrod take over. Whatever black cloud is hanging over you, from a love-relationship sense, goldenrod will pick up your spirits and make you feel that things aren't as bad as you think they are. It puts a positive spin on the bleakest of situations--that is not to say it puts you into denial. No, it simply shifts your focus from the negatives of something into a more postive overview. A must when experience love-relationship problems, separation or divorce.
1. Opening the heart chakra
2. Getting in touch with six senses
3. An appreciation of life, and the beauty of myself as well as those things around me
4. Good for late bloomers in life. Realizing our full potential
5. Expanding the mind, opening it up
6. Communicating, opening up, talking and sharing ideas & thoughts with others
7. Enjoying our older age (50+), our waning years can still keep a sharp, focused interested mental state
8. Good for memory loss, dementia..Alzheimers
9. Gets blood circulating from top to bottom & vice- versa
10. Good for crying out withheld or closely held, or closeted emotions
11. Good for opinionated people who hold are too fixed in a way of thought
12. Giving voice to fears, anxiety and anger, allowing the person to express them safely (especially in a group situation/
13. Giving voice to tears/allergies
Solidago californica (yellow)
Positive qualities: Strong and secure sense of individuality, balanced with group or social consciousness
Patterns of imbalance: Overly influenced by group or cultural ties; inability to be true to oneself, easily susceptible to peer pressure or external social demands
This is a very long post of photos of our latest cob oven progress. Thanks for looking!
Dog diggin' a ditch
Concentrating on the brick
Handing it up
Father & Daughter
Nearing completion on the dome
Finishing the top
Mudding the top
Yup, that's Emma mixing cement...
Laying out a sun ray pattern for the doorway
She just buried a bone with her nose
Inside view of tunnel in
Bricks cut back
Bricks and wine
Emma made a pizza in the house for the dinner break
night time finishing
That's it for the night!
Thanks for looking so far! I'm going to make this cob oven a seperate page so it's easier to access the photos to this whole process. Oven makers love to look at other folks process. So, those of you not into ovens thanks for bearing with this heavily laden post of our progress so far. It's a nice record for us to have! If you have any questions of what and how we did anything feel free to email me and I'll get back to you.