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Reciprocal Frame Ceremonial House – Part 2

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Our material for the purlins arrived and we began the next phase of our roof construction. It is long cane that looks like bamboo and comes in about 4 meter lengths. We put in a nail every 15 centimeters all … Continue reading

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Reciprocal Frame Ceremonial House – Part 1

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One of our current projects is to build a new ceremonial house. I chose to build a reciprocal frame structure as it is one of my favorites to build and we have access to all of the wood that we … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 4

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There is fire in the oven! The inaugural pizza fest is this Saturday and there will be another on January 2nd, the night before our Household Health Workshop. Over the past few days I began working on a new design … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 3

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Today was a good day! The chimney is finished and we are pleased with everything so far. It is time for the first firing as I want to test the chimney and also to fire a small piece of my … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 2

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We finally capped the dome! Working without a sand form in the interior didn’t prove to be too difficult. A simple form was made out of corrugated cardboard cut into the shape of the interior of the oven. We just … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 1

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3 December I can almost taste the pizza from our new earth oven. I installed some round poles for support so I can have some storage area underneath for wood. Then I covered it all with medium size wood and … Continue reading

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The Cabin Stove at Earth Ayni – Part 5

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While I am finishing up the cabin stove I have begun work on the new earth oven. Not only will it put out the best pizza you have ever tasted but I just picked up some sourdough starter from a … Continue reading

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The Cabin Stove at Earth Ayni – Part 3

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Things went pretty quickly today. We finished the core which was a milestone. There were many modifications that were needed due to the size of the bricks. Ideally, the core would be made out of firebricks which can withstand the … Continue reading

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The Cabin Stove at Earth Ayni – Part 2

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We have been making pretty good progress on our Cabin Stove but things always take longer than expected! The only smaller red bricks that you can get here in the Sacred Valley of Peru are very inconsistent in their size. … Continue reading

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The Cabin Stove at Earth Ayni

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Our new volunteer arrived and is assisting me to build the first of what will be many different models of cooking and heating systems in the new outdoor classroom. Laura and I are currently building a prototype of a compact … Continue reading

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