he gap in recent posts was because I spent most of the last 10 days helping fire my former teacher, Richard Bresnahan’s giant wood kiln at Saint John’s University. This firing was three years in the making, and I led the morning shift as usual. I had a blast with my shift-mates feeding the kiln more wood every 10 to 15 minutes.
The work is exhilarating, as the wood has to be carefully pitched into the chambers which are roughly 2200-2400 degrees. To protect ourselves while we “stoke” we were welding sleeves, gloves, glasses, and face shields. Here’s my fabulous crew \/.