Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Inside Job

One of the last parts of finishing an oven is checking the inside of the dome.  To do this, I get inside.

This is the last chance to fill any small spaces in the final few courses of brick at the top of the dome. Not being claustrophobic, it is also a bit of a caving experience and I get to look at my work from a pizza-eye view.  As you can see, setting up a platform so that I lay level with the shelf and mouth of the oven is essential.  I might recommend that you have someone nearby in the event you get stuck.

The owner of this oven, who wanted a visible exterior dome also wanted it colored charcoal grey.  Here's the final face: