$200 – $285

Earth! Ovens! Art!

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Aprovecho Research Center

80574 Hazelton Road

Cottage Grove, OR 97424

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Saturday & Sunday, September 16th and 17th

INSTRUCTOR: Kiko Denzer

Build a wood-fired oven using the earth beneath your feet. We’ll cover all the basics of building with this most wonderful and ubiquitous of materials — aka “cob,” “adobe,” “rammed earth,” “wattle & daub,” or just the best stuff ever. Starting with foundations, we’ll cover material ID, testing, sourcing, mixing, shaping, firing, and heat dynamics. We’ll build a quick mini oven to get started, and then build a super-insulated version that can hold heat for hours — even days. There will also be time to talk about cooking in a wood-fired oven — especially bread! (natcherly leavened) — and pizza.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Materials & properties: material ID, testing, & sourcing; mixing, shaping, sculpting.
  • Heat: mass, insulation, conduction, resistance
  • Building the oven, from foundation to finish
  • Quick mini-ovens you can build in an hour
  • Principles & steps for whole-grain, naturally leavened bread
  • Fire, heat, temperature, cooking: managing fuel and making fire
  • Heating the oven: fuel, firing, efficiency
  • Baking in the oven: time, temperature, measurement

LOCATION: Aprovecho Outdoor Kitchen

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 15th) $200; After August 15th $250; Last Minute (after September 1st): $285

ABOUT KIKO: I grew up with an artist mom who got me started making things pretty early. At 17, I went to Italy to carve marble; in college, I studied history and politics, and after graduation, I worked as a city bureaucrat in Boston, did carpentry on a remodeling crew, community outreach for food co-ops, managed a community newsletter, taught college students, and worked with various non-profit community developers. I quit my last day job more than 20 years ago to begin an advanced course in the arts of growing food, building with earth, raising a family, and most recently, carving green wood into spoons, bowls, and other useful objects. I also write and publish books, teach workshops, and do contract work. My motto for teaching came from my mom, who got it from Aristotle: “what we learn to do, we learn by doing.” In an age so dominated by social MEEEEEdia, TV, movies, the written word, and addictive consumerism, it can be very hard to live up to such a motto, but I sincerely think that it’s the best and most joyful option available. I wrote a book entitled, Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, published by Hand Print Press in 2007.

Find out more about our workshops here!

REGISTRATION

Please register to reserve your space. You will receive an email confirmation within 2-3 business days, which will include a link for you to pay and reserve housing, if needed.

ROOM AND BOARD

Non-local students who are traveling to attend our workshops have the option to stay on campus on a first- come, first-served basis. If staying on campus, a bed in a double dormitory room is $20 per night. There may be other options available. Please contact us for details. Students are asked to bring their own food and will have acces to a full kitchen.

A light organic, gluten-free, vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be offered for each day of the workshop for all students.

ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS

Apart from our internationally-recognized summer residential programs in Permaculture and Sustainable Shelter, Aprovecho also hosts guest instructors during the winter months to teach workshops aligned with our mission and vision. The road to new skills is long and requires patience and hard work. We aim to give people, from beginners to advanced practitioners, the expert knowledge and guided practice they need to develop or advance skills. We offer the best well-known and emerging instructors in the Pacifc Northwest community. Our standards are high, and we strive to make every student’s experience here inspiring, comfortable, and rewarding. Workshop formats vary depending on subject, teacher, and student needs.

WORKSHOP GOALS
  • Provide high quality instruction that provide students sustainability-related trade or homesteading skill(s).
  • Create networks among leaders and students in sustainability-related trades and fields.
  • Honor our guest instructors’ commitment to sustainability and subject expertise

MAKING OUR WORKSHOPS AFFORDABLE
  • Student discount: 10% off workshop tuition. A 10% tuition refund will be offered on arrival with valid student ID.
  • Register early for the best rate! All workshops have an early-bird rate.
  • If you are attending a longer workshop (5 days) or a series of workshops, please inquire with us about an interest-free Payment Plan to nance your education. Email Maryam Mathieu at maryam@aprovecho.net.
  • Rural Southern Lane County and Cottage Grove area residents, including Drain, Lorane, Dorena, Cresswell, and Saginaw, qualify for a 2-for-1 rate for our work- shops. So bring a buddy!
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