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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The boys - hard at work on the oven!

As summer draws to an end so does the oven project (I hope!). My brother Kenny stopped over on Friday to offer assistance in removing the sand mold from the oven.

This was a delicate operation as the clay is still rather wet and has only been in place a little over two weeks, but both of the men felt that in order for the oven to fully dry - circulation of air inside the 'cave' was necessary.
Thankfully, all went well and it did not collapse on top of them. There are one or two hairline cracks (to be expected) but overall the oven is looking great.

Due to the wetter climate around here, we are keeping a heavy tarp on top of it (when it rains) as Ron has not yet decided just how he is going to finish it. He did speak with a guy earlier this week who recommended he look at a Lime/Clay putty mix, so it could end up looking like the outside of a little cottage - all whitewashed. This would give it a rainproof barrier but allow it to breathe at the same time!

The good news is that he is planning on lighting a few fires inside the 'cave' this weekend in order to prime the oven. He is still very hopeful that it will be fully functional before Kenny's wedding (September 19th) and ready to feed the masses when the rest of the family descend upon us for a few weeks!
The children are more than eager with excitement and anticipation and are certain that the first bite of perfect pizza will be 'worth the wait' ! Here's hoping!
That is all the WiseWords I have for today,


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