Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Genzano Country Bread

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Farm day #2

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Cellar master and apprentice.

Cheap labor
what would farm day be without a real farmer!

Farm girls

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Farm Day!

Our bread firing went pretty well. The timing and oven temp will improve next time. We could get the oven a tad hotter now that I got timid out of the way. Beautiful! notice the bean pot. Beans, bread, cheese, salame, wine, and more soup.
Durum and farmhouse Swiss bread!

monkey in a tree!


Tiny plums in brandy for Christmas!

Straight up juice

from the bean pot

Hard cider for the New Year!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There's an Oven in our backyard!

Beautiful! We finished up on Monday, capping off the top with drain slot, adding the marble shelves, and grout to the tiles. We of course had the inaugural fire and pizza, but as you can see the oven was not quite hot enough to burn off all the soot from the inside of the dome. There was still a lot of moisture in the fire bricks to dry out. Around 600 degrees will be a good start for the next firing! I just need to build some sort of door for baking bread. The party will be sometime after the STP ride in July, weekend of the 19th? Got any hardwood.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

An inch from the finish!

Monday we will fire up the oven so that the dome and insulation layer on top can expand a bit, then we will pour the concrete cap to seal the top. There is about three bags of perlite 4 cu. ft. ea mixed with portland cement and filled in around the dome as insulation. Got anything to roast?

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Village Baker

Today we finished the chimney, and added the finishing touch to the face. The tile (The baker) and the mini stone tiles still need to be finished with grout. We'll probably use the gray color grout. I built up the wall another layer and added several batches of the perlite insulation. I have one more layer of the wall to go, then the dome will be completely covered with more perlite. It will be quite well insulated. The cement cap on top will pretty much signal circus time!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

La Ciminiera, and regal beauty

We are closing in on the finish with just a few things left to complete. The bricks will continue up to the top of the flue and the blocks will lay up a couple more rows. The inset on the face of the chimney is for a few special tiles to be added soon!