Click on the image above to check out these unique cups and mugs now on show at the LUX center for the arts. You might find a couple of mine mixed in.
Well, we finally did it. A process that started back in September(with a pause in the winter due to cold weather) has been completed. Mitch Iburg and I completely rebuilt the wood-fired soda kiln here at Cub Creek. And we look forward to firing it very soon. I will, of course, post about the results of our first firing. See the process, from tear down to hanging the door, below.
First of course we had to deconstruct the original soda kiln. You can read about that in an earlier blog post here: http://www.cubcreek.blogspot.com/2011/09/soda-kilns-falling-down.html
To make room for a bigger kiln, we expanded the cement bed out several feet and poured concrete. This new space became our fire box. We built arches within the firebox to hold the burning wood and allow the ashes to fall below. This helps the wood to combust more efficiently.
The door was hung after this picture, so, unfortunately, it isn't pictured here.