CAFKA Build Day

We met in Victoria Park at the beginning of the month for CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener + Area.

Artist Meghan Harder had built shelters on the island for her exhibit The Civilization of the Wild.

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We added to this exhibit by building a model cob oven. Our group member Alfred had constructed a shelter for it with a metal base. This was to hold the wooden frame that we built at our preparation meeting. See our last blog post to learn more about this part.

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Lynn chopped straw for the cob that would go on the wooden frame.

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In the meantime, Angel poured sand into the metal base and ensured it was even with a wooden stick.

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He and Ana then arranged fire bricks in the base.

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The wooden frame was centred on top of the fire bricks.

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The straw was mixed with clay, sand, and water to form the cob. Community members joined us to participate!

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With the cob prepared, we packed it in the bottom of the base.

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We placed burlap around the wooden frame before we packed cob on it. It needed to be stitched to cover the entire surface.

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We continued to pack on cob until there was no more to use.

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It was time for a break! Ana, Angel, and Alfred had thoughtfully brought snacks to share.

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We had a visitor come to see us. He made an appearance throughout our build!

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We made cob another two times. Angel and Julie measured the clay.

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Ana chopped the straw.

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We were joined by more community members and had interesting conversations.

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Once we covered the top, Alfred pressed it down. He also added a layer of clay and water where it was uneven.

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We were proud of what we accomplished together.

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Our cob oven model will be on display until the end of June. Go and check it out!

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