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Building the Kiln

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I had a brick cutter out there on kiln building day. Those things suck juice - the neighbor's 5000 watt generator could barely start it, but held up just fine once the blade was spinning full speed. The key "brick" was actually constructed out of four bricks cut into a key shape. We made the key when the sides of the arches got to the point where it seemed a key was necessary, made some quick measurements, cut the bricks to fit tightly, then hammered them in place.

People who helped but who somehow avoided the camera were Shiori (probably because she was behind it all day) and Erica.

The last brick is hammered into place.

All the bricks are laid.

Immediately after all the bricks were in place, tiles were pounded into the mortar joints to make the structure strong and self supporting.

This picture shows a detail. When pounding in the tiles, start at the top and work evenly down both sides. It is an interesting process - the entire kiln seems to move in slow motion, as if it was made of slow jiggling jello.

And now I can return to building the foundation for the shed. Furutani speaks of anagamas as having the shape of an upside down boat hull - I started referring to the pit, as the "cockpit".

Here you see the kiln with a coating of clay. Note that the frame is still inside.

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