The longer I build brick oven domes, the more I appreciate the geometry of the structure.
There is something alchemical about taking a rectangular brick and cutting it precisely so that in combination with approximately 400 other cut bricks, it forms a perfect dome.
Cutting hundreds of bricks can be arduous. The return on this work comes when the dome is mortared and the keystone is fitted at the crown.
On larger domes, I then slide inside the dome to check and finish any places that need pointing.
Then, a week later I'm back for more... cutting, fitting, and numbering.