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loading mid-front of the wood-fired kiln part 3 & 4

updated fri 18 dec 09


gary navarre on wed 16 dec 09

OK Folks,=3D0A=3D0A Well I'm still slow-poking along and we are going over =
the =3D
hump and past the half way point in loading this mule...=3D0A=3D0Ahttp://ww=
w.yo=3D with setting the first layer=
on th=3D
e kiln floor and then setting the 1" silicon carbide shelves for the second=
layer. It might seem this shelf setting would cause pain in the back but b=
y bracing myself against the chamber wall my arms are free to manipulate th=
e shelf without loosing my balance and falling onto the setting...=3D0A=3D0=
p:// Then the weather chan=
ged an=3D
d I decided to practice a pignose fire to take off the chill while the wadi=
ng dried. Of course I'm further along than all this with a few more pieces =
to go on top of this stack and I'm starting a test setting for the floor an=
d second layer of the front in the studio as I continue with making some 6"=
pieces for that spot. I've only got 5 12"x24" kiln shelves left and see us=
ing three to cover the second layer of pots. Then the remaining two on top =
of each other setting crosswise to the flame. Might have room right up fron=
t for a couple big Dragon Pots but we will have to wait to see if I want to=
take the time or can still throw a 12" cylinder. My thinking is to make th=
e first shelf high enough to grab some of the flame from the throat arch an=
d pull it under the load where the space becomes 4=3DBD" to the back of the=
oad. I'll also open up the front setting a bit to let the flame into the lo=
ad better before it slams into the main
setting. So I need to decide if the second layer should be 4=3DBD" or 6", =
ssy ain't I eh. =3D0A=3D0A I finally cracked open the sack of Albany and us=
ed i=3D
t straight on a few pieces and I made a 40/40/20 Balsam ash slip. I can't s=
ay if the Strawberry Lake Red will be any better, or maybe just different, =
but they don't look the same wet...=3D0A=3D0A
/cam/slr/albany-slip-straybe-1.html=3D0A =3D0AMy guess is the Red has way =
iron and will not look like the Albany. =3D0A=3D0A Time to check my fresh =
wn ware and see if it is ready to trim so stay in there and don't let it fo=
ol ya eh!=3D0A=3D0AGary Navarre=3D0ANavarre Pottery=3D0ANavarre Enterprises=
y, Michigan, USA=3D0A