Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kiln Foundation Update 5/31

We worked on kiln today too. It's the only time for us to do this in weekend, so we just keep working on this and no rest through the weekend. Hope we will be able to complete building kiln mostly by this summer, if possible by July because August is way too hot. Today's progress is we laid bricks in front and left side (except unfinished level for the left side). It might seem not much progress, but for us, it is.It is just rough sketch but this is going to be how our kiln look like.

Some people asked us why we lay bricks on the slope, and I am sure it seems like not stable at all, but this way is very common how to build Anagama in Shigaraki, Japan where Anagama was originally invented and built in the history. Because of its bowl shape, most weight of the kiln goes to the front part along the slope, and as long as bricks connect well each other, arch and kiln shape is stable. There are so many this kind of Anagama in Shigaraki, and it prove this way works pretty well.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kiln Foundation Update 5/30

We are working on our kiln foundation this week too. We started laying foundation bricks between the end of Anagama chamber and the front side of Salt chamber first. It takes a lot of time to lay bricks because it's very heavy (50lb/a brick) and must make sure its level each by each. But we can't complain because foundation is the most important to build anything on it. Just keep mouth shut, work hard and be patient.
We bought 16 tons of gravel and 17 tons of sand, but we are sure to use most of them by the end of finishing up our kiln building.

Lastly, our good neighbour Chris Luther is building new studio and we went to help putting wall this evening, and we could see his new puppy (English Bulldog) again. It's too cute.
I am the baby!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sand just arrived

17 tons of sand

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Making kiln foundation

We are working on our wood kiln foundation in this Memorial day week, and we got a lot of progress because of wonderful helpers. First of all, we rent an equipment which is a compactor and it was able to make very tight foundation. Secondly, our good friends, David and Santiago came and helped making kiln foundation. We could never get such a improvement without them. Thank you very much for your help.
This brick layout is just temporally and after the perfect placement, it will be buried by gravel and clay. Next layer will be the kiln floor level. Now we can see about how wide the Anagama chamber is going to be.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gravel has arrived

We have been waiting for gravel and this morning it has finally come. It's very exciting.

16 tons of gravel

We are making kiln foundation part now and try to have nice slope. Very typical anagama in Shigaraki have steep slope (30cm:9cm) because it makes strong draft, but we will probably make it a little bit less than Shigaraki anagama. We will do work a little by little everyday and the longest journey begins with a single step.