On a really nice Saturday, seven of us got started at about 11am.
Digging and mixing
Making a “demo dome”
At this stage, with maybe 2/3rds of the base complete we then focused on making a demo dome:
The next week…
For reference, I would say with these two stages combined, plus general faffing around and the foundation, it would take one person about 30 hours to get this far. So still probably feasible, over enough time for a single person to take on if you’re looking for a summer project for the garden. An awful lot of that time is just digging and mixing; but then you are doing the manufacturing (ie making everything from scratch), as well as the construction (ie not using ready made bricks or blocks.).
Get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you want to help out with the next stage on the 14th of June, when we will probably be able to finish it off and give it a test fire at least.
For those of you who don’t know where Saffron Acres is, it is fairly central, on Coppinger Road, just off Saffron Road. Near the Aylestone Leisure Centre. If you don’t fancy the oven, they’ve got tons of other stuff you could get involved in!