Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. ~Charles Mingus
Kinfolk is simply wonderful, delicious, lovely...it is how I want to live each moment. If you haven't seen it...I don't say this often...you must have a peek. Kinfolk can be found here. To compliment this gorgeous work are beautiful films that Kinfolk has put together. Below is just one of them.
Thank you so much Kinfolk...
Checking the sand form...
Finishing up the sand form
That bottom board is going to be cut out when the concrete is cured...
Trying out the paper covering but, in the end scrapped the idea....
Someday I'm going to get some pizza out of that oven....
We are bricking the form...and then, covering with cob...more durable oven. The front is the form to keep the door opening in place/on track while the brick courses are being laid. We had these old bricks from the chimney work on our house.
All of these bricks will be covered by cob. We left more concrete all over the bricks so that there wouldn't be any gaps in the end. The scattered bricks in back of the wood form will be removed...they are just holding up the courses going around...keeping them straight. The bricks will also will be cut afterwards so that it is a nice smooth surface when one looks into the oven. A ray pattern will hopefully be laid in to the "tunnel" opening going into the oven proper.
That's the back chimney thimble. It too will be covered by cob in the end.
The concrete is orange colored because that's where all the cutting is being done...dust.
That's all that's done so far...so, most likely no cobbing today...just more bricking at some point.
A pile of firebrick
Emma's a happy worker
Buckets of clay from a friends river...
Dogs don't make cob ovens but, they DO wait for things to drop nearby to eat...
Not sure what to do next?
A little cob oven discussion usually helps shed some light on it...don't make me touch that concrete.
Tools make the mess easier...
Are you sure you really want that concrete in there....
Today is International Day of Women.
Clenched Soul by Pablo Neruda
We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.
I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.
I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.
Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?
The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.
Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues
A Year in Bread is a great blog about the adventure in a year of breadbaking. This would be fun to do with friends. Everyone could try recipes and then give a loaf away. Or compare recipes and experiments and breads you're good at you could give to one another. When the cob-oven roof is done it will be much easier to bake in it without taking off the tarp and waiting for good weather though this summer has been incredible sunny weather. Not nice for the garden but, wonderful for making bread in cob-ovens. Of course I found this lovely site and think we should try to make this oven next. Check out the entire photo album of Modestus Baking Company journey of building this lovely brick oven.