Dear Natural Builders :
We could physically do it. I have pop up tents and a living room where people could hang when not working out in the rain.
I fear that going ahead with that plan would polarize the activity of the meetup and compromise the experiential learning that creating the cob oven together would provide. Food and books and articles and socializing would all be in a different zone than the building activity. It has been a steady light rain all morning, but Tom Skilling of the Tribune says it will evolve into a heavier and colder rain all day, hour by hour, including thunder storms. This meetup will be postponed.
The rain date is set for the 26th. The forecast says it will be sunny and in the 70s-80s. Do Sunshine dances all week!
For those that can't make next week's raindate that had signed up for this, we will be building a big ol oven and seating area in Michigan in June, and you will be guaranteed a spot. Just talk to me about it. For those that paid for this event and that want their moneys refunded, no problem. I will be in contact with you.
Heres the new info:
Announcing a new Meetup for The Chicago Natural Building Meetup Group!
What: Cob Oven Making: Rain Date, the 26th.
When: April 26, 2009 12:00 PM
Price: $10.00 per person
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Meetup Description: We will be making a pizza oven in my back yard so that we can cook the finest Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas in a real radiant oven! Deep dish pizzas will be provided, although they will be cooked on the grill.
1. create a dry-stacked foundation and stem wall structure, about four feet high. also dig and set posts for a roof!
2. Create a base for the oven.
3. Arrange firebricks on top of strategically leveled sand.
4. Mix Cob.
5. Make cobs. Those are potato sized modules of cob. This is so there will be an even volume of cob on the oven walls.
6. Make a sand dome that will later be the oven void
7. Build the cobs around said dome.
8. step back and marvel
9. eat pizza
10. learn the next steps that we would do when this layer dries.
Learn more here:http://naturalbuilding.meetup.com/4/calendar/10217506/