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 4

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We are back on the Cabin Stove and hope to complete it over the next few days. Laura returned from Lake Titicaca so I have company while laying some bricks. We encased the core of the stove in double wall … 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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The Dream Team Seals the Deal!

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There just aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how we all felt after completing this dome. It was a celestial effort on everyone’s part and I can’t thank you all enough! A special thank you goes out … Continue reading

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The Winds of Change

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For the last six days it has been cold and rainy. It was a lesson in patience each time my plaster work ended up on the ground. I finally got a handle on things and Gustavo showed up with the … Continue reading

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My Myth of Sisyphus?

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Luckily when we all left the dome site for some much needed rest and relaxation we had the foresight to give the dome a little plastic hat… just in case. Well, it turns out that the rainy season came early … Continue reading

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Dinner and a Dome with Gernot Minke

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I am in Argentina for seven weeks building the largest adobe dome in Latin America with Gernot Minke. He is an Architect, former professor at the University of Kassel in Germany and head of the Building Research Laboratory, an author … Continue reading

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