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Joshua Tree Earthen Oven Class - March 8-10, 2013


Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PST)

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Earthen ovens are inexpensive to build, fun to use, and provide baking environment impossible to recreate in the kitchen.  In March, Kurt Gardella returns to California for three days to teach you how to make your own earthen oven.  Kurt has built dozens of these ovens in New Mexico, and has great expertise in both adobe construction and earthen plasters and finishes. Attendees will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to built an oven of their own, with materials that you may already have in your yard.

The class is suitable for bakers, building professionals and do-it-your-selfers, and is a great introduction to adobe construction and earthen plasters covered in more depth in adobeisnotsoftware’s other classes.

Topics Include:

  • Local considerations and the siting your earthen oven
  • Soil and material selection, sourcing and testing
  • Foundations and oven base design and materials
  • Sizing
  • Sand Form and Oven Domes
  • Natural oven plasters and finishes
  • Firing and baking in your oven.

Instruction Type:

This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction and earthen finishing. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 10 individuals.  In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.


Kurt Gardella teaches adobe construction at Northern New Mexico College, is Director of Education for Adobe in Action, and is certified as an earth-building specialist by the German Dachverband Lehm.

Ben Loescher is a licensed architect, founder of adobeisnotsoftware and principal of golem|la, an architecture firm specializing in adobe construction.


The class will be conducted just outside Joshua Tree, California.  Coffee and nibbles will be provided at the beginning of the day; lunch is included. 


Three day and Saturday/Sunday registrations completed before February 8th will be discounted.  Groups of three or more are eligible for a 25% discount - please contact us for group registrations.  Registration ends March 1st.


Please do not hesitate to contact Ben by email at mud[at]adobeisnotsoftware.org or by phone at (760) 278-1134.

Have questions about Joshua Tree Earthen Oven Class - March 8-10, 2013? Contact adobeisnotsoftware

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Joshua Tree, CA

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PST)

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