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Earthen Oven Building Workshop

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  • The Rural Homestead

    (map with registration), Orangeville, IL (map)

    42.468048 -89.644287

  • Price: $150.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • What happens when we lend our human hands and wisdoms to the elements? Separating and combining elemental materials of earth water and air and fire in measured order we will create a most utile and beautiful tool – a wood-fired earthen oven - which will not only cook the most delicious of breads, pizzas, and veggies, but will serve as an interactive centerpiece of happy gatherings for years to come. In this workshop, we will build an earthen oven from foundation up, discussing site specific and material specific considerations and techniques along the way. Learning experientially, participants will develop their intuitive understanding of the qualities of the natural building material, “cob”, a mixture of clay, sand, and straw, which can be utilized in a variety of earthen projects from ovens to wall construction and finishing. Mindful of the dimensions and conditions crucial to a clean burning oven, we will insulate and lay the fire-brick floor, sculpt the fire-cavity, create the massive and insulating cob enclosure layers, and discuss how to fire and care for an earthen oven over time. Students will receive handouts detailing construction drawings and key material characteristics.  This build will be hosted by the magnificent Nancy Klehm, one of Chicago's leading soil builders, foragers, permaculturists, and artists, on her Rural Homestead in Orangeville, IL.

    Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 24-25, 2014 
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
    Course Fee: 150$; max 15 participants 
    Location: The Rural Homestead, Orangeville, IL (map with registration)

    Onsite camping is available, and all participants are welcomed to join in a potluck dinner Saturday night on site.


    to reserve your space:

    [masked] or [masked]

    About workshop leader Anna Wolfson: Anna Wolfson is a Chicago based artist and contractor, dedicated to exploring, celebrating, and sharing the strengths and capacities of natural building, sculpting, and finishing materials. Anna specializes in textured wall finishes and site specific experiential design, and has largely developed her craft in the urban environment. Her works are vibrant, graceful fixtures of form, color, and texture that are each unique in design and function, and can be found in yoga studios, spas, restaurants, hotels, homes, condos, convents, schools, gardens, magazines, books, and blogs across North America. Follow her progress via

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  • charlotte

    The cost listed on my initial email said $20. When I clicked to RSVP the full description said $150. Please clarify the price of the Saturday workshop.

    April 30, 2014

    • Anna W.

      Hi Charlotte, Twas an error in meetup's auto-announce system, pardon! Please refer to the description listed herein on the website for pertinent details and updates. To clarify, this is a two-day workshop, and 150$ is the cost per person for the weekend. RSVPing here on meetup would be much appreciated, but since this workshop is listed in a few meetups and mailing lists, please be sure to contact hostess Nancy at [masked] or[masked] to register/reserve a spot. Best wishes, Anna

      April 30, 2014


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