I can almost taste the wood fired pizza and artisan breads … I’m sure my ancesters who had to cook with wood fired ovens are laughing at me… but it’s started! For two days last week I gathered semi-large rocks while avoiding a yellow jacket nest and watching for sneaky snakes, then stacked and packed the semi-large rocks together to build the base for my Council prototype clay pizza oven! If it works out well I am going to build one in Boise too! Yesterday I bought a 50# bag of dry clay, it’s white rather than adobe colored, but I didn’t think the color should matter, it’ll get smokey anyway. My neighbors gave me cases of empty bottles to use as insulation below the brick layer, which I already procured the fire bricks and have them ready at hand. The last components I need to collect are a bale of straw and about the same amount of sawdust to mix into the clay for the insulation layers. Then it’s mud time! I love dirt, I love mud, I love clay … dirt in the garden, mud after a rain storm, and clay for hand built wood fired pottery. So I am totally psyched to start squiching into a large quantity of gooey gloppy clay mud…it’s getting me excited!
View east from the front door Morning Day 1 Morning Day 2 Evening Day 2