Started firing noborigama.

February 2, 2012

I started the fire in my kiln yesterday at about noon.  I will be firing this time all by my lonesome so I took the burner off my kerosene kiln and have put it to work for when I have to sleep.

At this point the temperatures  are 180  C. in room one, room two, 80 C. , Room one is closest to the fire box. It is about -3 C. outside.

I plan on finishing on either Sunday or Monday. I have to go slower than usual since I have to sleep and during that time the only thing watching the kiln will be my burner.

The burner is off my Shimpo kiln. The Shimpo holds 6 shelves that are about 30cm. by 25cm. My nobori holds, this time, 90 shelves that are 35 cm. by 40 cm. I am very interested to see if the burner will hold the temperature while I have it in use.

My schedule this time is designed to get around the problems I have encountered in the few times I have tried to fire by myself. The main problem is fatigue. Physical fatigue in the form of muscle cramps and tiredness. Mental fatigue is a small problem but I can usually get around that with small projects I set to do. This time I have had to do some cleaning up around the kiln and I plan to make a table out of some extra wood. To get around the physical fatigue I plan to work 12-13 hours and then put the burner in.

I also have pictures of my newly reconstructed chimney. I still have a steel water pipe topping it off. I had to redo the upper 1/3. The kiln is drying out and that is steam, not smoke coming out of it.

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Loading, Day one

January 5, 2012

Here is what I loaded today.

The bottom shelves, next to the exit flues, have the biggest risk of not reaching temperature so I put some things that are being refired.

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750 bowls.

October 27, 2011

I have a new post here, http://wp.me/p1Bip8-6W

Adventure on Etsy

September 22, 2011

I have posted about a person scamming  on Etsy, please see http://wp.me/p1Bip8-42

Antiques 9-19-11

September 19, 2011

This is a set of 2 visits, http://wp.me/p1Bip8-2g

Monotsukuri.

August 23, 2011

Monotsukuri is an interesting term. It can be translated as, read more http://wp.me/p1Bip8-1R

 

 

 

 

 

Yobitsugi

August 21, 2011

New post on yobitsugi, see here.

Gold repair, kintsugi, part 3a..a The final frontier.

August 17, 2011

I am trying to get my site and blog back in shape. The next couple of posts will be reconstructs of posts I have already done that have been lost between a host switch.

For a reconstruct of the latest post on my blog, and for the new blog address, please see http://wp.me/p1Bip8-1o

Moving blog.

August 4, 2011

I have filled this blog up and am starting part 2 on a different site. You can see all new posts at this link, http://wp.me/1Bip8

Forest Market, Akishinonomori

July 11, 2011

I was at a market in Nara all day Sunday. The place is called Akishino-no-mori, the person running it is the dragon business woman who runs a restaurant named Kuruminoki.  She has converted a run-down pension into a very nice oasis of green in the middle of the Gakuenmae area of Nara. The white balance wasn’t set  so the picture color  is off.