A few friends and colleagues suggested we try a testimonial page! Here are a few responses we have received in regards to working and learning with Eva. Thanks everybody!
“Eva is fluent with her materials and in my experience her expertise is not just in craft but also in teaching. She is warm, patient, and always has an eye on the process. In the workshop I took I learned so much about the versatility, character, and beauty of natural finishes. Can’t wait to take another workshop soon!” -Eli Stein
“I have taken a few finishing classes and have worked with Eva. She has fantastic color intuition and is patient and helpful to clients. As an instructor, her explanations are clear and to the point–she had me making plaster and smoothing it on the wall within an hour. †I have also helped her make natural paints and had the pleasure of painting with natural, clay based paint and it was such a nice experience! The paint spread smooth and thick without the smells of traditional, chemical paints. The best part about using and working with natural finishes is not being exposed to dangerous chemicals. With Eva’s expertise and clear explanations, you’ll learn how to do things yourself, so when you get tired of a color after several years, you can take on the project and make the magic happen!” -Alex Tomaselli
“Plastering with Eva is an amazing and mind-opening experience.† She approaches the walls with such a creative mindset that makes you walk away feeling confident and ready to experiment.” -Emily Jantzen
“Learning from and working with Eva Edleson is simply a joy. Eva’s playful energy, creative artistry, inspiring leadership is supported by her rich depth of experience working with natural building materials and methods. As a student of Eva’s, you will learn about raw materials, recipes and applications. And as a fellow seeker of knowledge she will support your journey to build your own relationship with these materials that will allow you freedom to create your own unique beauty.”
Sukita Reay Crimmel
Earthen Floors-A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
Creator of Claylin, a ready mix earthen floor product
“I studied natural finishes with Eva starting in 2011, and since then we’ve worked together on many wonderful projects from Portland to Eugene and in between. Not only is she equipped with exceptional skill and knowledge, Eva’s got a magnetic personality, a contagious passion for these materials and techniques, and an effortless way about teaching people to unlock their ability and create high-quality work. She’s a pioneer in this field and I am continually inspired by her dedication to refining her craft–and to having fun doing it.” -Emidio Cantalupo
This oven was built in October 2014 at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. ¬†The OAEC has inspired many through its courses and example over the last three decades. ¬†It was an honor to be invited to build this oven which is well situated next to their newly remodeled kitchen facility.
The deck of this oven is 36″ x 40 1/2″ deep. ¬†It features a firebrick core with a vault and steel harness, designed by Alex Chernov, Stovemaster. ¬†High-temp insulation surrounds the entire core, optimizing the oven’s efficiency. ¬†The facing is classic looking recycled red brick with two wood storage arches facing the front and back and keystone for accent.
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A highlight of the build was getting to help the community to experience their new oven by throwing it’s inaugural pizza event. ¬†We easily fed 75 people. ¬†The oven’s mass-to-insulation ratio is designed to make it efficient but not overwhelming. ¬†We made a fire for three hours before starting our pizza session at about 750 degrees. ¬†We made roughly 60 pizzas over the following two hours with a live fire in the back. ¬†One nice thing about breaking into these bigger oven sizes is the ease of management of the fire and pizzas. ¬†There is not the risk of getting pizzas too close to the fire or mixed up with ash, and it is easy to have 2 to 4 good sized pizzas going simultaneously.
The next morning at 9 am, I opened the insulated oven door and read an average temperature of 425 degrees. ¬†Without lighting another fire, we cooked 12 loaves of bread… and then followed that up with 2 hotel pans of beans…. and after that whole winter squash and many pounds of potatoes. ¬†At the end of that following day, the oven was still at close to 300 degrees.
Thanks to Alex Chernov of Stovemaster¬†for designing the core and Marcus Flynn of Pyromasse for technical advice on this build. ¬†And thanks to the entire OAEC community for making this project a big life highlight!
“Hey Max! Just a quick note to tell you that we have been using the oven lots, and loving it so much! The oven works perfectly. It is all we dreamed of. We feel you in every brick, and every slice! Thank you Max!
We‚Äôll send some party pictures too. If you need any promo photos or testimonials, let us know ‚Äď we are your biggest fans! Please come visit when you can.”
-Dave Henson, OAEC Excecutive Director
Photo Credits: Oven with Fire and Pizza Close-up in main spread and 5th, 7th and 8th images in mosaic by Tali Aiona. ¬†2nd, 3rd and 4th images in mosaic by Jim Coleman. ¬†6th and 9th images by Brock Dolman. ¬†Thank you!
Some videos showing recent work in the shop. †The first two are for a masonry heater that I am building and the last one is a prototype for an improved firebox door for the barrel oven kits.
Oven Building Workshop at Wise Acres Farm
Pleasant Hill, OR (August 25, 26 2012)
Learn how to build your own super-insulated, wood-fired, earthen oven!
Learn how to make an oven to cook bread, pizza, cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles, stews, and so much more!
Wise Acres Farm
is a beautiful place and home to Dr. Sharol Tilgner, author of “Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth”!
Check out this from her website-
“Wise Acres Farm is an educational farm where the mind expands and the soul is nourished. Our mission is to connect people in the city with farm life.† The farms educational focus is on growing food and herbs. At Wise Acres you can meet and become familiar with over 200 herbs. We teach herb classes for the beginner as well as the advanced student. There is something for everyone at Wise Acres. To get more information on classes click here.”
For more information or to register for this workshop, contact
Sharol Tilgner- firstname.lastname@example.org
Oven Building Workshop at Duckpond Pottery
Brevard, NC (April 14-15, 2012)
Join us for this workshop and learn how to make a super insulated,
WOOD-FIRED OVEN oven to cook bread, pizza, cookies, cakes, pies,
casseroles, stews, and so much more!
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To register and for more info contact Nick Freidman- email@example.com
Natural Plasters Workshop at PRI† Portland, OR (March 25-26, 2012)
Join us for a free workshop on how to make and apply
earthen plasters to Portland’s first code approved straw-clay retrofit!
Contact me, Eva for more information.
We built this wood-fired oven in Bali for Max’s parents using local bricks, clays, sands and fibers. The oven joins the traditional paon (cookstove) that Max built a few years ago.
This oven features ample wood storage for both units, a metal firing door and a wooden door for baking. (Stay tuned for an article about firing doors and efficiency in wood-fired ovens.)
It is always a fun challenge to apply our knowledge of ovens and natural building to local materials. The clay for this oven comes from a village roof tile factory scrap pile and the sand and stone came from a nearby volcano. We found an incredibly porous lava stone to insulate underneath the hearth floor and surrounded the oven’s thermal layer with a mixture that included rice hulls and thatching grass.
Note the sand used to make the smooth inside shape and the sculpted “squirrel tail” to jog the chimney. Upon finishing the oven, we cooked for a three day “Live-Culture Cuisine” fermentation workshop led by Sandor Katz and Mary Jane Edleson.
Many delicious feasts ahead!
Learn to Build Your Own Earth Oven!
This Barrel Oven’s maiden voyage fed over 70 people with amazing pizzas!
The pizza above is one of Astrid’s special recipe- corn, mozzarella and gorgonzola.
Once out of the oven it is topped with arugula and white truffle oil.
Another pizza sauce was made with capers from Paolo’s mother’s garden in Italy.
I made chocolate truffle brownies and gingerbread cake for dessert!
During the party we cooked some pizzas directly on the
pizza stones and some on metal pans.
The pizzas cooked on the stones had a more crispy and delicious crust.
Above you can see the barrel oven with plaster still drying.
Ever dreamed of an efficient earthen oven that was hot in just 15 minutes?
How about a canning stove that could process 32 quart jars at once?
The new Wood-Fired Barrel Oven and Canning stove at Vistara!
Built with students during the Outdoor Kitchen Workshop Series!
These two cooking devices will soon be part of a full kitchen with shelving, a sink, wood-storage and more!† They will be connected by counter tops and sheltered by a roof providing ample space to prep and to gather. This will be a resource for the local community!
Vistara has a beautiful garden and many neighborhood fruit trees from which to harvest abundant produce to preserve.† The wood-fired canner is quick to heat up and can also double as a soup pot, stew pot, sauce pot, steamer, etc. Both the barrel oven and the canner were constructed with homemade adobe bricks and plaster formed with Vistara’s clay rich soil.† Thank you to our hosts and the amazing team that helped make this happen!
†Find out more about The Wood-Fired Barrel Oven.