|November 23rd 2012, loading the kiln for the first time|
|Daniel in the kiln|
|4PM, the kiln is almost full|
|Start of kiln around 6h30pm|
|24th of november 2012, 1AM, the fire is finally warming us up a little|
|It is -4 oustide and it snowed|
|8AM, around cone05|
|8h25AM, chopping wood into smaller strips|
|9AM , the kiln is going gradually and stongly|
|3h30 and cones 5 and 8 and 9 are down|
|4h20, the final countdown begins as cone 10 is bending|
|Full steam ahead|
|Fire show begins!|
|An unforgettable adventure|
|October 1st 2012, it's a miracle because I have a dream team all in place and booked to help me build my kiln.|
Laying the floor with cement blocks.
|measuring distances with the wooden frame|
|Daniel was the designer of the kiln and played the most important role|
|Me, mixing mortar. Alot more to go.|
|Hard brick walls are going up before the floor. I would have finished the floor before starting the walls.|
J-D's technique. A very good idea.
|Jean-David, a friend and a masson taught us many tricks of the trade.|
Insulating the floor before putting the bricks.
|Great team work. Starting the arch.|
|More work on the arch putting a fireclay and grog mix between bricks.|
|The arch is done. It took 2 days to finish it.|
|A great moment, removing the frame and seeing if it all holds together.|
|Looks good and straight!|
|Bryan and Veronik (left) taking care of the roof to come.|
|Building the door. Pascale (inside) helping with the scrapping inside the kiln.|
|The door is finished and Daniel has the pleasure and honour to bang the clef de voûte.|
|Stephane(with mask) helping with the insulation of the arch.|
|covering the kiln with mortar. (me)|
J-D (left) getting the chimeney started. the chimeney is 2 thicknesses of soft brick.
|David, also a masson, was a huge help all along|
|The chimeney being finished with cement block on the outside and 2 thicknesses of soft bricks on the inside.|
|It's the last day. The kiln and the door and the chimeney are all finished. It was a long day.|
|The kiln is finished! Small fires are lit in it to dry out the chimeney and the kiln itself.|
The building took 8 big days with the dream team: Daniel, Chris, Jean-David, David and Bryan who made the roof
And great friends who gave alot of time and energy to help: Veronik, Pascale and Stephane
The kiln belongs to all of them and their next generation too.
Saying THANK YOU is such s little word for all your energy, time and skills.
I hope the DRAGON will reward us all.