Monday, January 12, 2009

Barrel Firing # 7

Barrel firing # 7 took place on Friday, January 9, 2009 and it was a great way to start the new year.

We got together at Clayworks and lit the highest fire yet. I was planning on throwing some pots and was having such a good time around the barrel that I never got to the wheel.

I helped "split" some wood for the firing. I used quotes because except for a few logs with knots in them, the wood was so worm-eaten that it pretty much crumbled to dust when I connected with it.

Since this was our holiday barrel, there was a lot of Christmas wrapping paper used for kindling this time. Along with the wrapping paper, we had the usual ingredients such as sawdust, wood shavings, copper carbonate, copper sulfate, epson salt, Chore Boys, seaweed, charcoal briquettes, etc. It really is quite a conglomeration of combustibles.


The pile of wood I helped "split".


Elaine loves barrel firing.


Nice fire.


That's a tall fire.
I like the little licks at the top.


During the burn.
Notice that little snake of green flame
on the right. It stayed there
for most of the firing.
Green flame usually means
there is copper present.


Becky, Elaine, and Kim
looking at some of Elaine's
old family photos after the barrel
was covered to start reduction.

3 comments:

Amy said...

Conglomeration is a big word in my world. I like it. Didn't know that about the green flame. Hmmm Great pics. Maybe you and Minke will compete in a 'splitting' wood competition at BF #8?

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

man, I wanna make a wee little pizza oven/fireplace/wood kiln out back and burn baby burn!

jbf said...

Amy-
I use a lot of big words that I don't understand (some of them I make up myself). I'm in training with the axe. I think Minke will win, though.

Gary-
What's stopping you? (Besides nine feet of snow...)