David Woof on sun 17 dec 06
John, please accept my apologies, I did not recieve your post thru yahoo
clayart so did not get your question, so my response was not directed to/at
you. Donovan, Nils, Olson et.al. I did not set out to discredit anyone,
that was not my point. We are all seriously doing and publishing what we
"know" and are discovering.
I too have been around and have seen some cobbled up stacks of bricks that
with a little help could fire better. It truely is where we must spare no
expense. Go without pizza and beer till the kiln is built with the best
possible. I've also seen some really fine kilns fired badly. There is
always a new crop of newbies wishing to participate in wood fired clay. Some
of these will take to it and become our next generation of wood firers. Some
will come in and after a time leave, yet our goal for these should be that
they have a good experience, "get it" and become patrons, customers,
supporters and educators of the wood fired aesthetic(s).
We are many years now past where getting temp was the goal and being
satisfied with brown pots was acceptable. There is much beauty. We are
discovering the lost knowledge and now fire for special effects just as the
ancients before us. Yet I see pots and questions that indicate that the
importance, the vitalness, of the chimney as a creative tool is still not
recognized or understood in a practical sense by many, newbies and old
timers alike. There is still much to learn. There are good plans published,
but they need to be applied because all is never equal. A chimney built by
the formula, + 10 % to accomodate an extra capacity passive damper system
can be throttled up or down to accomodate any loading or atmospheric
condition and desired fireing effects. The kiln in a sense becomes many
We have folks who wish to build a kiln from someone else's plans, stick it
full of pots from someone else's loading plan and fire from a published
schedule and then wonder why most of the time it goes wrong. Lazy minds,
they have tryed to omit the study and knowledge time, the preparation,
comprehension and familiarity with materials and physics, the art of
Flip a switch, push a button, throw in some wood, make a wish.
My best wishes to you John, and to you all,
Eat the best food you can find, drink the best wine you can afford and make
love with someone special often.
David Woof Studio
Ph. 928-821-3747 Fax. 866-881-3461
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jonathan edward byler on sun 17 dec 06
well said david. Thanks for the advice to and from everyone. must
feed the curious mind. and encourage the non-curious ones to eat.
3-D Building Technician
Auburn, AL 36849
On Dec 17, 2006, at 10:13 AM, David Woof wrote:
> We have folks who wish to build a kiln from someone else's plans,
> stick it
> full of pots from someone else's loading plan and fire from a
> schedule and then wonder why most of the time it goes wrong. Lazy
> they have tryed to omit the study and knowledge time, the preparation,
> comprehension and familiarity with materials and physics, the art of
John Dellow on mon 18 dec 06
David Woof wrote:
> John, please accept my apologies, I did not recieve your post thru yahoo
> clayart so did not get your question, so my response was not directed to/at
> you. Donovan, Nils, Olson et.al. I did not set out to discredit anyone,
> that was not my point. We are all seriously doing and publishing what we
> "know" and are discovering.
thanks for your reply ,no offence taken. Mel tends to try and teach
his grandmother to suck eggs from time to time :).
John Dellow "the flower pot man"
From the land down under
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