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After 4 months of oven building inactivity, this past weekend proved to have the perfect weather to start building again. Once I got the good weather alert from Vaughn (who loves The Weather Channel), I hauled out all the tools and materials I’d need to build the oven chamber arches.

Left side of oven dome

Left side of oven dome

Bricks (very carefully selected from my pile of solid brick), refractory mortar, brick grinder/cutter and more came out of storage. Spider webs were brushed off and the fun began.

Way back in November of  ’08 I had trimmed the three keystone bricks for the center of each arch. I ended up doing a little bit more trimming on one of the three but it went smoothly once I got my handy-dandy Workmate bench set up. I really couldn’t have done the cutting and trimming without the Workmate. It clamps the bricks so that my fingers or toes don’t end up in harm’s way.

right side of oven dome

right side of oven dome

That’s the one thing about Rado’s instructions (photos) that had me nervous. One photo shows him trimming a brick with the grinder but he’s using his foot to hold it on the ground. The foot had a boot on it, but still – I just cringed.

With no mishaps to report, here is the state of the oven as of today. There is still a lot to do such as the front arch, chimney, brick up the sides, and build a roof, but the oven chamber itself is finished and I can smell bread baking!

Oven front with gargoyle guardian

Oven front with gargoyle guardian

Inside the oven chamber

Inside the oven chamber

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