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from this past weekend, we loaded the anagama at Blue Mountain, outside Missoula, MT

 

the kiln is owned by the Clay Studio of Missoula

 

at least 1000 pieces got in there, it is quite big, i will get some better pics of the whole kiln when i take my shift next friday

 

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couple of my sculpture on the floor there, in between the stokes! ^^^^ should be interesting if they dont get creamed by people sidestoking....

 

 

 

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fires until next sunday afternoon, opening party the following sunday

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Nicely stacked! How long is your shift? I help fire Roger Jamison's anagama in Juliette, Georgia and usually take 3 six-hour shifts with another person. If this video still works it condenses a 6-day firing and unloading down to a few minutes: http://www.rogerjami...ndex.php/video/ The camera angle makes the kiln look shorter and fatter than it is. The unloading through the side door shows the size better.

 

Jim

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willdo! i am really excited about this fire...they did some modifications to the flue and firebox a few fires ago and i hear these last few fires have been superb, plenty hot and the kiln really hums

 

friday when i go back it should be the peak, i may just stay til the fireoff on sunday

 

so glad to be back in the Wood! its been 3 years since my last woodfire, i have 3 of 4 sculptures in there, and about 20 functional pieces for the household, tumblers and bowls for our everyday use

 

wooooop!

 

edit: crosstyping with you Offcenter....i have midnight to 6am friday, then also noon to 6 pm saturday! stoked!

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willdo! i am really excited about this fire...they did some modifications to the flue and firebox a few fires ago and i hear these last few fires have been superb, plenty hot and the kiln really hums

 

friday when i go back it should be the peak, i may just stay til the fireoff on sunday

 

so glad to be back in the Wood! its been 3 years since my last woodfire, i have 3 of 4 sculptures in there, and about 20 functional pieces for the household, tumblers and bowls for our everyday use

 

wooooop!

 

edit: crosstyping with you Offcenter....i have midnight to 6am friday, then also noon to 6 pm saturday! stoked!

 

 

Have fun. Hope it is a great firing. Post pics.

 

Jim

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in full fire....

 

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Perry Haas is the current woodfire resident at the Missoula Clay Studio, here is some of his work from previous fires

 

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if we acheive any surfaces like that this time, its all good!

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it is about a 2.5 hour drive for me, well worth it

 

claystudio of missoula is a great place, spent the evening before the loading there, glazing my stuff and hanging out, very good atmostphere, and the residents are doing some high quality work, especially perry

 

it is SO difficult to be up here while the fire is going, i want to be in front of that firebox chucking wood, right NOW, lol...c'mon friday!

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variable, but it think they will fire 3-4 more times before next august

 

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its warming up in there, latest shot on the web, from a few minutes ago....that is the light of the porch fire, probably going to push it inside pretty soon

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yours truly sidestoking toward the end..

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we finished up 12 hours early...^12 bent in front...^11 down in the middle, ^11 bending in the back, that was the last time we looked a few hours before the mega fire-off

 

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nice view too

 

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opening is in 2 weeks! dec 1....last time they tried to go in after only 1 week and everyone was melting their shoes-soles, lol

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haha, YES, Fyaaah!

 

that was the very last stoke, when we filled all the sidestokes, then chucked (gently) about 50 logs int the front firebox, then shut the flue...crazy reduction for a bit (and the flames coming out all over. then re-opened, re-closed flue...crazy-fun time

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here we are at the end, tag-teaming to get as much wood in as possible before our gloves lit on fire!

 

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perry's foam trucker hat and moccassins may not meet the highest safety standards

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here we are at the end, tag-teaming to get as much wood in as possible before our gloves lit on fire!

 

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perry's foam trucker hat and moccassins may nor meet the highest safety standards

 

too cool T

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"perry's foam trucker hat and moccassins may not meet the highest safety standards"

 

Really? That's somewhat of a concern, as my safety equipment is made from an old pair of moccasins lined with the foam from a trucker hat........ I may have to upgrade to using an old pair of Crocs lined with bits of a Snuggie.

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