November 23-24, 2019

Horno Building Workshop

Earthen ovens are inexpensive to build, fun to use, and provide baking environment impossible to recreate in the kitchen. In November, Kurt Gardella returns to California for two days to teach you how to make your own earthen oven. Kurt has built dozens of these ovens in New Mexico, and has great expertise in both adobe construction and earthen plasters and finishes. Attendees will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to built an oven of their own, with materials that you may already have in your yard.

The class is suitable for bakers, building professionals and do-it-your-selfers, and is a great introduction to adobe construction and earthen plasters covered in more depth in adobeisnotsoftware’s other classes.


Topics Include:

  • Local considerations and the siting your earthen oven
  • Soil and material selection, sourcing and testing
  • Foundations and oven base design and materials
  • Sizing
  • Sand Form and Oven Domes
  • Natural oven plasters and finishes
  • Firing and baking in your oven.

Instruction Type:

This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction and earthen finishing. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 10 individuals.  In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.



Instructors

Kurt Gardella

Kurt Gardella teaches adobe construction for Adobe in Action, and is certified as an earth-building specialist by the German Dachverband Lehm.

Ben Loescher

Ben Loescher is a licensed architect and founder of adobeisnotsoftware.


WORKSHOP DATES

Saturday & Sunday, November 23-24, 2019


Register Here

Location

The class will be conducted in Pioneertown, California. Coffee and nibbles will be provided at the beginning of the day; lunch is included.


Accommodation

There are lots of private vacation rentals available around Pioneertown, at various price points. Check out www.VRBO.com and airbnb.com for more information.
Lodging


Registration

Groups of three or more are eligible for a 15% discount – please contact us for group registrations. Registration ends November 23rd.
Register Here


Fine Print

Construction is inherently dangerous, and participants are expected to be partners in ensuring their own safety. You may be asked to sign an acknowledgement of this in advance of class participation.

Classes may not be held in the event of sufficient registrations to cover operating costs – adobeisnotsoftware reserves the right to cancel undersubscribed classes and events with at least 7 days prior notice.

For individuals who find they may not be able to attend a class or event for which they are registered, adobeisnotsoftware will offer a full refund if notified at least one week in advance. Cancellations within 7 days of the event are non-refundable.


LOCATION

Pioneertown, CA


Phone

(760) 278-1134

Email

mud@adobeisnotsoftware.org

Address

Precise directions will be sent to participants prior to the class.