About this project: 

Fancy rolling up your sleeves, being outdoors, learning some new skills and getting your hands a bit dirty?

This summer, we plan to build a cob oven at Queen Charlotte's Wood Activity Centre as a permanent feature commemorating 2016 as the year Network re-launched. The clay oven will provide both a useful and fun resource for visitors on site to cook in and create a much needed sheltered space for catering.

We anticipate the project will take a couple of long weekends to build and will need to be completed in two phases:

  1. Phase zero - this is when we will plan the project and discuss different materials and designs.
  2. Phase one - will involve building a timber structure to protect the oven.
  3. Phase two - a brick base will be built for the oven to sit on before ultimately sculpting the dome out of clay.

We will be using traditional construction methods that have not changed for millennia and as many recycled or sustainable methods/materials as possible. No prior knowledge or experience of building is required, this is all about having fun, meeting other Networkers, learning some new skills, working though any problems as a team and having a go!

Participants are welcome to camp overnight (we will have a tree tent set up that an accommodate up to 9 people) or you can come and go as you please. There will be no cost to to join in but you will need to provide your own catering. Please wear old clothes as you will be getting muddy! If you have access to any tools e.g. power tools, shovels, trowels etc. They might come in handy but don't worry if you don't. 

After the oven is complete and sufficiently dried we will Christen it with its inaugural pizza and some freshly made bread! Who doesn't like pizza?!