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cleaning the ash pit

updated wed 3 mar 04

 

Craig Edwards on mon 1 mar 04


Hello All: I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning the floor and firebox
of my kiln. It was untrammeled ecstasy!!! This is normally the job I
give to someone that is just starting with woodfiring--if they can
survive this job with a smile, they have definite possibilities. Ahh,
but it was 45F yesterday, the first chance to even think about the
possibililty of firing. Sweeping, shoveling and planing the next
firing--does it get any better than that!
~Craig Edwards~
Smiling in New London MN

David Hendley on mon 1 mar 04


Craig, it was also 45 degrees in Texas yesterday, so I, too, could only
think about firing, since it was too cold to work.
Luckily, it cleared off and was 70 today, so I got back to loading
the kiln.
David Hendley
david@farmpots.com
http://www.farmpots.com


----- Original Message -----
> Hello All: I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning the floor and firebox
> of my kiln. It was untrammeled ecstasy!!! This is normally the job I
> give to someone that is just starting with woodfiring--if they can
> survive this job with a smile, they have definite possibilities. Ahh,
> but it was 45F yesterday, the first chance to even think about the
> possibililty of firing. Sweeping, shoveling and planing the next
> firing--does it get any better than that!

Craig Edwards on tue 2 mar 04


Hello David: Your e-mail arrived yesterday, strutting around my computer
looking ever so smug. When it found out that it was only going to be
33F here today it relized that it had been the object of a cruel joke.
I am taking pity on your e-mail and returning it to Texas, where
hopfully it will find the warmth and sun that it craves. :O)
Seriously David how can you stand that heat, at 45F I'm in shirtsleeves
breaking out in a light sweat. 70 it must be unbearable!
~Craig Edwards~
New London MN

David Hendley wrote:

>Craig, it was also 45 degrees in Texas yesterday, so I, too, could only
>think about firing, since it was too cold to work.
>Luckily, it cleared off and was 70 today, so I got back to loading
>the kiln.
>David Hendley
>david@farmpots.com
>http://www.farmpots.com
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>
>
>>Hello All: I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning the floor and firebox
>>of my kiln. It was untrammeled ecstasy!!! This is normally the job I
>>give to someone that is just starting with woodfiring--if they can
>>survive this job with a smile, they have definite possibilities. Ahh,
>>but it was 45F yesterday, the first chance to even think about the
>>possibililty of firing. Sweeping, shoveling and planing the next
>>firing--does it get any better than that!
>>
>>
>
>
>

Paul Herman on tue 2 mar 04


Hi Craig,

What a virtuous guy you are, cleaning the ashpit. The only thing I can
think of that's better is firing. Our ashpit is in need of cleaning, the
floor needs to be leveled in a couple of places, a little more rock work
around the saltchamber to build, it just keeps goin' around and around.
Plus many pots to make yet, before firing on april 4-6.

Spring is close, the potters are stirring, their muds and their selves.

From Doyle where the weather is gorgeous, snow yesterday, sun today.

Paul Herman
Great Basin Pottery
Doyle, California US
http://www.greatbasinpottery.com/

----------
>From: Craig Edwards

> Hello All: I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning the floor and firebox
> of my kiln. It was untrammeled ecstasy!!! This is normally the job I
> give to someone that is just starting with woodfiring--if they can
> survive this job with a smile, they have definite possibilities. Ahh,
> but it was 45F yesterday, the first chance to even think about the
> possibililty of firing. Sweeping, shoveling and planing the next
> firing--does it get any better than that!
> ~Craig Edwards~
> Smiling in New London MN

Lee love on wed 3 mar 04


Paul Herman wrote:

>Spring is close, the potters are stirring, their muds and their selves.
>
>
Good to live in a place that has seasons:

The Obaa-yans, (Mashiko-ben/dialect for grandmothers) can be
seen in the woods and on the banks of the fields wearing bonnets and
mompei (baggy farmer pants), kama/sickle in hand, searching for the
first wild vegetables of spring.

*Lee in Mashiko, Japan
where it is 46* F / *8* C and I am listening to "the fresh air" of Ed
Schultz on Real Audio: http://www.bigeddieradio.com