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    OK - I'm back to the project, it's been a pretty crazy spring with the daughter graduating from college and all. I quit working last year after the 6th course. It was was getting pretty crazy with all the custom cuts so I went back to the drawing board. The 7th course had some issues because the brick started getting off bond, but that is what it's going to take without ripping up the previous work. By the 8th, it started to fall back in line. I think all is well at the 9th. Gravity is a bitch, but it just takes a little more time to hold the brick. I will keep this thread going but also post in the gallery for history.
    And one pic for the record - me and my edjumakated daughter
    Les...
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    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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    Good, you're back - I've been waiting for you to contuinue your dome for a long time.

    Still don't know how you do it, but to me it looks perfect!

    And Les... somehow I imagined you'd look totally different .
    "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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    • #3
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      nice pics Les! love the brickwork....why no soldier course though?

      ....they grow up quick eh? Pizza will bring them home too
      Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane

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      • #4
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        Wow! About time Les!

        Still looking awesome.

        And great pic of you and your daughter.

        Proud papa!
        My thread:
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
        My costs:
        http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
        My pics:
        http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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        • #5
          Re: Les' Build

          Awesome picture, Les. Thanks for sharing (oh and your pizza oven looks nice, too ).

          Glad to see you are back at work. I'm still amazed at your joints. How many pounds of mortar have you used? I can't imagine you've gone through a full bag yet.
          Ken H. - Kentucky
          42" Pompeii

          Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

          Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
          Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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          • #6
            Re: Les' Build

            Originally posted by Frances View Post

            And Les... somehow I imagined you'd look totally different .
            Frances - don't know what to make of that.

            Ken - I bought a bag of heat stop and blew through it in the beginning. At the cost of shipping, I started "rolling my own". I find the two extremely similar. It's taking about 3/4 of a grout bag to do a course.

            Les...
            Check out my pictures here:
            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

            If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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            • #7
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              Congratulations on the graduation. What a big day -- just getting through our daughter's first year of high schools feels like a big deal to us.

              To get a jump on things, I want to nominate Les' dome brickwork and photos for Best of June.
              James
              Last edited by james; 06-04-2008, 04:46 PM.
              Pizza Ovens
              Outdoor Fireplaces

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              • #8
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                Second that one
                Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane

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                • #9
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                  Now that oven looks like perfection. Les, you keep that up, and I think James or the Artigiano builders are gonna recruit you to come work for them.
                  "Pizza, the world's most perfect food."

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by james View Post

                    To get a jump on things, I want to nominate Les' dome brickwork and photos for Best of June.
                    James
                    WOW! Coming from the man that runs the forum, and obviously can control the tally - seems like a lock You are by far the ultimate super delegate. It seems a bit premature though, it always amazes me the creativity and cleverness that comes form our brothers and sisters of the brick. But hey - I appreciate the nod. Thanks!

                    Les...
                    Check out my pictures here:
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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                    • #11
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                      I'll nominate him a second time for having the best looking daughter around. What a pretty girl. You must have married a beauty. She didn't get her looks from you!

                      Kidding of course. Congrats on getting started again.
                      GJBingham
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                      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.

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                      • #12
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                        Sorry for the cryptic comment Les... and no offence meant at all!

                        Its just interesting how you sometimes build up an internal picture of someone from their posts and their work. Or is that just me? That's the first time you posted a picture of yourself I think. And somehow I had you down as tall and gangly, with longish dark hair... don't ask me why! And how wrong can you get, eh?

                        Turns out your daughter has the dark hair.

                        ...now, shall I tell you what I think Sarah looks like?
                        "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                        • #13
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                          No offense was taken - it's all good. All, thanks for the complements on my daughter, I think she is pretty special as well. And yes, I did marry a Babe!

                          Les...
                          Check out my pictures here:
                          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                          If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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                          • #14
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                            Les,

                            My guess is most of us "guys" that are building an oven "married up"! At least that's what my co workers tell me

                            Dick

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                            • #15
                              Re: Les' Build

                              I got past the big ugly tonight. I knew the train was coming, but it really wasn't that bad. I had to knock out a couple of bricks I set last night so I could achieve a better keystone - kinda ticked me off, but thats what it took. The brick itself was a little bit of a challenge, but just another two shower day. You will see about 1/16 of mortar on the brick. I cut it a bit loose because I was determined to set the last brick over the arch tonight, if I cut to fit, I would have compromised the adjoining bricks that I set about 1 hour prior (been there, done that) - mission accomplished...

                              Onward and upward!!!!

                              Les...
                              Attached Files
                              Check out my pictures here:
                              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                              If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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