We’ve been working on the new Soda Kiln at Edina Art Center. Donovan Palmquist and crew have been doing a fantastic job. We’re almost done — Expect to load for a first-firing next week. In the meantime, picking up from my previous post, here is the experience so far….
Day Four – Walls and Chimney:
The Floor was completed with a second layer of brick. Time to start on the Walls, the flu-box, and the Chimney. Every brick carefully placed, tamped, and absolutely leveled!! I was so fascinated with the tediousness — They invited me to mix up my own batch of mortar and start laying brick as well!! We enjoyed a fruit platter — Cantalope and Strawberries!
Day Five – More Walls and Chimney:
Still working on the Walls (and Chimney)! And I had fun laying more brick (and also scrubbing all the mortar off). Closed out the week with a batch of fresh-baked Brownies!
Days Six through Ten:
This second week was much more chaotic (and yucky/dusty and even rainy) — Impossible to bring in food. We had additional workers in a very crowded space. It was NOT a food week. However, we got plenty of work done….
The Arch — Once the walls were complete, a form was built for supporting the bricks for the Arch. Then, like magic, the first layer of arch-brick was in place!
The Doorway — Next, the Arch above the ‘doorway’ was completed. Definitely becoming a good-looking kiln!!
The AWESOME Door — We have an absolutely AWESOME door!! Attached with welded steel, lined with special insulating brick, it both swings and pivots — Amazing/Awesome!! And after clean-up, a mini-celebration with Carrot/Date Cake Bites with Cream Cheese Topping.
Finally — Nearly Done:
It’s been a great experience — I love what I’ve learned about kilns, and different types of brick, and kiln-related firing issues. Can’t wait for a first firing!! Donovan is finishing up on the gas piping and burners; we still need to build the Bag-Walls inside the kiln. Then we FIRE!?!
And if you’re considering building a kiln (or maybe a pizza oven), Donovan Palmquist is Master Kiln Builders at Web Site — www.KilnBuilders.com