defining Jabba the Hot:
a vented, jumbo-
OK so, who’s to blame for this?
it all started when this guy stumbled into a mountain…
The Jabba Earth Oven Workshop
or, what do we do when they actually say yes
Earth Mountain Farm, Weston, CO
lies in the Rockies around Weston, Colorado. this place is the real deal, bumpkin style. proprietors Carter Morris & Family ply the perma-
but wood, land, sand, rocks, growing things, sun, wind, water and snow are all in drastic measure, each in their own rhythm.
WOOFers are regular tenants, as are many who attend the occasional festivals hosted by the Carters, and stay on to help coax efforts towards achieving the brass ring of eco-
SO…there we were, seeing what was for dinner, and…
1. clear a level site
2. start rock wall w/ tires, durable goods, rubble
4. compact the base, top
expertly w/ clay then bricks
5. brick platform done! baby tells how he did it
C. BASE CONSTRUCTION.
this we will step through in photos:
apparently, these were not just any stoics.
this hardy colorado human stock
is something to be studied……
OK, so heres us gliding right into the FOURTH step:
D. THE HEAT CHAMBER.
firstly, this is done by way of a male sand mold, piled onto the brick platform.
then, for maximum thermal showing-
although this is not required for vented ovens.
first layer is the interior chamber surface, using the finest clay youve got-
this will be crystallized into ceramic, due to it directly receiving fire.
second layer is insulative, and contains a plant
or cereal fiber to create air voids.
third is the sculpted clay, forming the persona-
coated with protective sheathing; dung-
or a few thinner swabbings.
finish off the sculpted surface presentation with colorants,
dyes and the like, rendering that final touch of beinghood,
and voila! the new member of the family has moved in.
…why am i telling you anything? lets go there in pictures…
B. MATERIAL SELECTIONS & GATHERING.
this is the largest expender of time and labour-
figuring out what is available for use, and getting it all on-
Preferably, selected materials:
(a line must be drawn, on which lifeforms are considered)
So we figured out FIRST,
folks who are on-
and definitely would be, for the duration.
this included very young offspring,
but no slack was afforded them,
in securing their solemn promise
to follow through.
having recruited an oven-
we came thus to the SECOND step,
THEN this earth oven idea came up. it wasn’t me. swear.
3. bring in mud engineers,
to mix earth mortar
seems we had an ample store of needed materials. on to the THIRD step:
1. make the sand mold, isolate with newspaper
2. apply the first layer of clay
over the mold, form the mouth
3. finish all layers,
place vent on top
4. sculpt the oven, open the mouth & clean out sand
5. now we fire the oven, first with paper refuse & small wood pieces, to initially cure the interior. Keep moving the fire around, to avoid making hotspots which could crack the chamber. Allow to cool until we can touch the interior.
6. second firing with larger wood is next, and here we can go ahead and begin cooking or baking. continue feeding burnable stock until the exterior is hot to the touch. again, allow to cool.
7. next day preferably, plaster & colour the oven, and in between the rocks of the base.
8. congratulations! you own an oven. call your mother, invite the neighbours, throw a gathering. take good care of her and she will make you happy. ahh, i guess jabba is a boy. sorry.
ENGAGE. this Life is not passive.
In those early days at Earth Mountain, luxury and con-