After last week’s amazing start to rebuilding the bread oven, we continued making good progress this week. On Tuesday morning, parents and children joined together to mix the final layer of cob and started to build the outer layer. The kids loved feeling the clay, sand, and straw mix and opted to use their bare hands instead of gloves and trowels. In the afternoon there was an open invitation to all and many students and parents got right in with their hands and finished the outer layer in no time.
On Thursday, the day of our Michaelmas celebration, all the students added a decorative piece to the outer layer that will be a lasting mark of their participation. Traditionally at Michaelmas, we plan cleaning and planting projects with the students as a way of showing service. This year the Seventh grade and their lower grade buddies cleaned the space around the oven.
The final steps to completing the oven will be building the door and taking out the “sandcastle”. The door will be constructed with the help of some of the upper grades. Once the door is cut out by hand and built, the inner sandcastle will be scooped out. We hope to have a series of small fires, (weather permitting) to dry out the oven in time for baking at the Cultural Potluck, October 11th. You can always view past and new photos of the progress of the oven project by going here.
For those who are interested, there will be a lecture held on November 7th on clay oven building and maintenance, time TBD.
Special thanks to the Outdoor Life Committee for all the planning and thought put into this project. And a great big thanks to Jack Hogan and Linda Wrinn for facilitating and leading the grades and parents in this community project. Finally, thanks to Oliver Cleary for donating and building the base wall and for helping us plan and execute the project.