Saint John’s Firing

1380480_10202356719341182_438690531_nThe 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.

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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 \/.

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