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Learn how to build your own Cob Clay Pizza Oven, 

With expert tutor David Alty

Come to the woods to learn in a hands (& feet) on style, as a small group. This busy one day workshop will give you the knowledge to build your own oven at home, having had the practical experience & the chance to ask questions along the way. Your tutor will provide you with a worksheet to take home to remind you of the process, allowing you to have fun & fully immerse yourself in the day.

Working with a pre built plinth, you will learn how to insulate this & level it ready for the fire brick base, the foundation for your oven. You will learn about the importance & mix of selecting the right materials & the precise dimensions that work for such an oven.

The cob is mixed with bare feet (a fun & potentially messy process); if you prefer to not do this bit you can get stuck in with creating the sand forma, that creates the shape of the oven, instead. Once the cob is ready you will prepare the ‘loaves’ that form the blocks to build the oven. Tasks will be shared to ensure you experience every stage of the process.

Course times 10am-4pm

A simple vegetarian lunch will be provided.

What to bring

clothing suitable for the weather (we will work under a shelter if the weather is wet)

shorts or trousers you can roll up for the clay treading

work gloves if you prefer not to get clay on your hands

your own towel if you prefer not to share after feet cleaning

we will be working outdoors in the woods, please bring any sunscreen or insect repellent as you require.

If you have any particular dietry requirements that mean a simple vegetarian lunch may not work for you, please bring your own food to supplement it.

Other info

When you have booked your place I will email you with directions & instructions for parking.

The workshop site is within a 33acre woodland where we live, we have basic off grid facilities including a compost loo.

If you would like to stay overnight before or after the workshop, please get in touch to discuss options. We can provide basic accommodation on site or let you know of the other closest options.

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