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Articles & Essays:

Videos:

  • Wood-Fired Barrel Oven Video July 13, 2011  This oven project was led by Eva Edleson at the Natural Building Extravaganza! Learn more about… The Wood-Fired Barrel Oven The Outdoor Kitchen Project Featured in this Video Our Metal Work View the rest of our Media Library
  • Beautiful Video of BioConstruyendo Patagonia 2011 April 15, 2011 This is a video summary of BioConstruyendo Patagonia 2011 – the second year of this wonderful natural building convergence that takes place in February in El Bolson, southern Argentina. Eva and I were instructors for this event last year. The location of the event is a community where Max has lived and put ...
  • Bioconstruyendo: Argentinian Natural Building Festival May 29, 2010 We are really excited about this video.  It documents the events leading up to and during the natural building festival: Bioconstruyendo 2010 in El Bolson, Patagonia, Argentina.  Both Eva and Max were lead instructors for the event which was extremely successful.  So many great things were accomplished and so much fun was had! Visit Bioconstruyendo’s website ...
  • Adobe Oven in Golondrinas, Argentina May 26, 2010 This is a fun video of Eva building an adobe oven along with friend and collaborator Demian Iusso of Manos en El Barro Natural Building in Patagonia, Argentina.  Activate and enjoy!

Latest News:

  • OAEC Medium-Sized Professional Wood-Fired Oven November 16, 2014     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 ...
  • Masonry Heater Hardware Updates April 11, 2014 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.
  • Barrel Oven Workshop at Sweet Briar Farm May 17, 2012 Sebastian and Jeanna are getting married! This oven will be a part of their wedding celebration and then will live on to cook meals for their family and friends. COME LEARN HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL AND EFFICIENT WOOD-FIRED OVEN, AT THIS BEAUTIFUL HOMESTEAD, IN WHICH TO BAKE DELICIOUS BREAD AND SO MUCH MORE! Join Us For This ...
  • Oven Building Workshop at Wise Acres Farm March 12, 2012 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 ...
  • Duckpond Pottery Oven March 8, 2012 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! Click on poster to view. To register and for more info contact Nick Freidman- duckpondpotter@gmail.com
  • Natural Plasters at PRI March 8, 2012 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.
  • Bali Wood-Fired Oven March 2, 2012 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 ...
  • Ledge Stone Masonry Heater Near Eugene, Oregon December 20, 2011 This heater was built for a family who live near Eugene, OR.  It features a see-through firebox, heated bench and a bake oven.  The outside skin is laid with Montana Bitterroot ledge stone with Three Rivers stone detailing the bake oven arch.  We cast, poured and and polished the bench which includes special embedded ...
  • Masonry Heater at the Allen’s (Portland, OR) November 14, 2011   We built this masonry heater in the Portland area in autumn of 2011.  Our clients had collected many beautiful bricks dating back to 1883 (a long time from our West Coast perspective!), local basalt rock, and cobble stones that originally paved the streets of Portland. This masonry heater (based on the Swedish 5-run design) has ...
  • Pizza Party in the Dabbeni Barrel Oven! October 20, 2011         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 ...

Student & Guest Contributions:

  • Reflections on a Complete Cob Workshop July 30, 2011 This article is a contribution by Dylan Boye who took our June 2011 Cob Cottage Complete Cob Workshop.  We are thrilled to begin to include guest contributions like this one to our website.  Read on!  ~ Max and Eva It’s funny how things change. Looking back, I can barely recognize the “myself” of just a few ...

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