It Even LOOKS Like a Bakery (without an oven).

We are speeding along at the speed of light. We are so close to having a bakery that I am starting to daydream about sourcing grain and flour while I am tediously painting the last few (thousand) things that need painting.

Tim has finished plumbing the inside of the building, and we will hook up to the town water and sewer as soon as the ground outside thaws – should be sometime in August. As it stands now we could hook up with a garden hose to the house’s water supply, but all the garden hoses are stored in the greenhouse, and that would require snowshoes and a lot of shovelling to access. Maybe tomorrow if I am feeling energetic… Most importantly, we do have a jug of water, a kettle, some mugs, and tea fixings in the bakery now. Tim is very happy. He likes tea.

Tim, happily ensconced at his outdoor work area in the carport of the bakery. He is seen here installing a large window in the front door.
Tim, happily ensconced at his outdoor work area in the carport of the bakery. He is seen here installing a large window in the front door. Nice drill press, Tim.
Counters, plumbing, new window in front door: all coming along at breakneck speed.
Counters, plumbing, new window in front door: all coming along at breakneck speed.
The tea area.
The tea area.

I began the process of destroying my cob oven. We want to use some of its component parts, plus it will free up more space to store firewood for the new oven. The cob oven, and my love affair with the smell of the hot clay while I was baking bread are what started this whole bakery idea. I was given a book years ago about pioneers in Quebec and their outdoor ovens (I think the book was someone’s PhD thesis), and since receiving the book and flipping through it, I knew I wanted to build an oven. I built one in 2010, and had a great time in the fall of 2010 and summer of 2011 baking bread and pizza. I even did a few winter firings, though because there was no insulation over the clay, the oven lost heat very quickly: the thought of a proper bakery with a proper insulated oven was from then on a dream in the back of my mind.

Some photos from 2010:

Mixing clay, sand, and straw to form the cob mixture.
Mixing clay, sand, and straw to form the cob mixture.
After kneading the cob into brick-like chunks, it was placed over the twig frame-work.
After kneading the cob into brick-like chunks, it was placed over the twig framework.
The finished cob oven, still wet.
The finished cob oven, still wet.

Now, with a pile of cob rubble (destined for the dump), a pile of concrete rubble (destined to be filler for the new oven’s footing), a pile of fire bricks from the hearth of the cob oven (destined to be part of the structure of the new oven), and the 4X4 treated timbers from the base of the cob oven (destined to be a new stoop at the front door of the bakery), we are one step closer to realizing the dream of a bakery! (I suppose waiting four years isn’t really such a hardship – some folks wait a lot longer for dreams to come true!)

Boo hoo, it is so sad to see it go. But it's much faster destroying it than it was to build it.
Boo hoo, it is so sad to see the cute cob oven go. It’s much faster to destroy than it was to build!
Tim starts the break-up of the concrete pad. Notice the end of his sledge hammer flying off! Needless to say, the rest of that job waits for a trip to town to buy a new sledge handle.
Tim starts the break-up of the concrete pad. Notice the end of his sledge hammer flew off just as I snapped the photo! Needless to say, the rest of that job waits for a trip to town to buy a new sledge handle.

I spent this afternoon moving stuff from the house to the bakery: dried goods and cooking equipment, including the big mixer. Our little house feels more spacious and the bakery looks more like a bakery.

In the dough room - proofing baskets and other fun things.
In the dough room – proofing baskets and other fun things.
The mixer and the proofing racks in the dough room.
The mixer and proofing racks in the dough room.
The almost-empty grain/dry-goods room: now containing food, instead of construction supplies!
The almost-empty grain/dry-goods room: now containing food, instead of construction supplies!

4 thoughts on “It Even LOOKS Like a Bakery (without an oven).

  1. Wow!!! So wonderful looking. The lights over the counter are lovely and the door window makes it so inviting. The dry goods really help too.

  2. Amazing Kate and Tim. Good for you! I think that I could be almost as excited as you to see the first loaves of bread come out of the oven.

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