The Final Push

Things are steaming along here, and not just because of the moist mountain weather. Tim and I actually went for a short bike ride yesterday: we had to scramble/carry over all the winter’s downed trees, we got severely eaten by bugs, we were rained and hailed on, and then were nearly hit by lightening. It was a great ride.

The progress in the bakery is so fast I can hardly keep track of what is happening. The concrete cladding is poured and curing as we speak – that all went seamlessly, though carrying buckets of wet concrete to pour into the form was a bit taxing on the arms, to say the least.

Mixing concrete for the oven cladding.
Mixing concrete for the oven cladding.
Tim levelling the concrete on top of the oven.
Tim levelling the concrete on top of the oven.
Spreading the wet concrete over the oven, 6" thick.
Spreading the wet concrete over the oven, 6″ thick.

Tim has been working on the brick work that forms the front façade of the oven. We managed to get some red bricks for 50¢ each – they are not common items out here in western Canada, and the supplier is selling off old stock and not replacing it. They remind me of houses built in the 1970s in Ontario. Very cool.

The start of the façade bricks. When the fire is burning in the oven, this façade will lead the smoke up into the chimney and out of the building. The chimney will be the next project after the brick work is done.
The start of the façade bricks. When the fire is burning in the oven, this façade will lead the smoke up into the chimney and out of the building. The chimney will be the next project after the brick work is done.
The brick work is done except  for the arch.
The brick work is done except for the arch.
The wooden form for the façade arch.
The wooden form for the façade arch.
The first row of two arch rows.
The first row of two arch rows. We are keeping a small heater in the oven and some insulation in the doorway in order to expedite the curing of the concrete.

We have some dates firmed up for our first selling opportunities: Sunday July 13 is the first Wells Summer Market, and that will be our debut into the world of making a living by selling great bread and baking! How exciting. I’ll keep you posted about more bread-buying opportunities as they arise.

Most news-worthy of all, I decided yesterday while we were out on our bikes that I really should just capitulate and make a Facebook page for The Bread Peddler. I have been resisting all this time, but as much as I hate to admit it, I think it really is the best way to get the word out, given how many people have bought into the unsocial media craze. (Insert rant here). Now I just have to find someone who is adept at negotiating Facebook’s privacy settings so I don’t get bombarded with cute kitty videos.

8 thoughts on “The Final Push

  1. Hi Kate. Great going with the project you guys. Just install Ad Blocker or Ad Blocker Plus on your computer and you’ll get no adverts. There’s a donation fee. I can highly recommend it. I’ve had mine for a year and it makes such a difference 🙂

  2. Wow – nice work you two. Love the front facade of the oven! Inspiring. Dennis and I have finally settled on paint colour for the interior of our house – begin painting on Tuesday. 🙂

  3. …sitting at the Vancouver airport waiting for Monika to arrive – 8 hours of nothing to do! Your blog arrived just in time. Don’t get impatient now that you’re so close, don’t rush the curing. Good luck on July 13!

  4. We shall see you on the 13th as well, looking forward to the big day! When you build another, I am sure this baby will stay put, in one piece and will be a living ancestor to many others!

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