|Jan Steen: The Bean Feast|
Imagine if they had pizza!
These were used to bake bread, beans, and food other than pizza; try to imagine Puritans wanting pizza! Heresy.
The conversation with owners of the ovens today goes like this: "I can't get the oven hot enough for pizza! What's wrong with the oven?"
|Puritan family waiting for the oven to get hot|
Trying to get a cold colonial brick oven to baking temps when there is a ton of cold masonry sucking the heat from it, is like shoveling snow into the wind.
|Fiber blanket insulation over dome before roof goes on|
The advent of the cast iron stove must have been as miraculous to colonials as the smart phone once was to us.
|Workshop sponsored by Castine Historical Society|
|Oven built on a sand mound form (later removed)|
I personally get a kick out of making perfect domes. Go figure!
|Elongated dome TBO 48"x60" St. Charles, MO|