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.


  1. Wow. Really cool shape and door. Was the door part of something else before?

  2. Yes I found the door in a remote area of British Columbia Canada.