July 17, 2014

'The great 17thc. outdoor beehive bakeoven-building experience'---A summertime adventure to remember~

THE BACK YARD 'PILGRIM BAKE OVEN PROJECT'

WE HAVE BUILT AN AUTHENTIC PERIOD-STYLE COB 'BEEHIVE' BAKE OVEN IN OUR BACK GARDEN. THE TWO OF US BUILT OUR OVEN WITH NO MONEY, USING HISTORICALLY CORRECT MATERIALS FROM OUR OWN PROPERTY, THINGS WE HAD OR HAD SALVAGED MONTHS OR YEARS BEFORE,  AND CLAY THAT WE DUG UP ON OUR LAND. 
We decided to build our own period-correct (17thc. style) cob bake oven in our back garden similar to one at Plimoth Plantation~
This project was not about money; it was about keeping the 'old ways' alive by making something with your own 2 hands, and investing hours and days or weeks in something worthwhile to enjoy and to remember, and to recreate a little bit of the past of our ancestors.
The biggest allure of the project was not only anticipation of wonderful homemade food we'll make in it, but the fact that we did every bit of it ourselves, and with materials we already had, had salvaged, or dug up ourselves,---Just like the first-comers at Plimoth. 
We have used our own resources, as well as all of our own best efforts.
We're pretty proud of what we have done, especially since we had never done anything like this before.
It was great to learn new skills but most of all it was like taking a trip back in time to recreate something our pilgrim ancestors made. 

***(SEE MORE ON OUR 'PROJECTS GALLERY PAGE' OF OUR WEBSITE~
WE NOW HAVE THE~
  'BIG REVEAL' PHOTOS OF OUR FINISHED COB BAKE OVEN ON OUR WEBSITE.

We've had a blast building our oven~ 
WE APPRECIATE HEARING FROM THOSE OF YOU WHO VISIT OUR WEBSITE---
SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T TAKE THE TIME OR TROUBLE TO EMAIL COMPLIMENTS, BUT TO ALL WHO DID, AND WHO LOVED VISITING OUR STEP-BY-STEP PHOTO GALLERY OF OUR ADVENTURE WHEN IT WAS UP, WHO WERE GOB-SMACKED BY OUR EFFORTS AND OUR OVEN,
~THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS~WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS SO VERY MUCH.
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*(The step-by-step photos from our
have been taken down now, but the 'BIG REVEAL'  photos of the finished oven are now up on our website~
***( Our galleries are up for a limited time. They change periodically to reflect our 17th/18thc. life and adventures).

7 comments:

  1. What a terrific, time consuming project! The oven looks really lovely and I am anxious to see pictures and read about the first meal. I am so happy to see you posting again. XO

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  2. Very interesting! Have you baked anything in it yet?

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  3. That is such an awesome looking oven! I look forward to hearing about (and seeing pictures of!) your first loaf of bread coming out of it.
    Thanks so much for posting - - we miss you two!
    By the way, I thought of you and Adam numerous times as we did our 4th of July colonial excursion at Greenfield Village (I believe you saw my posting and pictures in my Passion for the Past blog). I credit you, your blog, and the wonderful pictures you post in rekindling my interest in the colonial period! Sometimes you can touch people in ways you may not realize. Thank you.

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  4. Thank you to you all.

    Ken, you sweet thing, of course I read your post right after the 4th and it was lovely. Just adored your photos---especially since the 4th here was raining buckets and was not a holiday for Adam.
    You all looked just wonderful and it looked like the perfect way to spend the 4th of July---at least we think so!
    Thanks for the kind and wonderful comments about us. We sure hope you will come see us sometime!

    As for the bakeoven, the time quite flew by as it was fun and interesting to do. We have not baked yet---the oven must dry inside and out for considerable time. See our gallery for all the information on the oven adventure!

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  5. Ooooo Wow! Mary and Adam, what a wonderful project!!! How FUN!!!
    I was so glad to see a post over here and what a marvelous one at that!!
    This is is so nice! Great job.... I want one!!! ;-D
    Many many Blessings, Linnie

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  6. I have just finished looking at your gallery and am so impressed. Your finished oven is very, very impressive. A lot of hard work but very much a labor of love. Great job Mary and Adam!

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  7. The two of you fine people never cease to amaze me with your many varied talents.

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