Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cunnings Oven Builders

The architect Christopher Alexander says that humans have a biologically built-in human preference for radiant heat--- his answer to why people prefer an open fireplace to an open heating vent (I guess that is why you see people huddled around a fireplace and not the heating vent). Perhaps that's another reason why bread is better baked in a wood fired oven. These particular ovens are built with a mixture of clay, sand and straw, known as cob or "natural concrete". MUD? Yes my enthusiasm for creating with mud is much like a four year old building a sand castle, except for the playing with fire and filling my belly with baked goodness. Most of my projects have been built with my comrade artist Ben Van Netten a great oil painter from Victoria BC.

My goal for this blog is to keep people updated with building projects. I will post a couple past ovens as I am new to the blogger's universe. As a food dork, I will be posting other interesting food porn about our local area of British Columbia.