June 18, 2009

Five Oaks Farm Oven

Andre, Jeremy, Asher and Skylar Peven First bake fireFirst pizza bites with CarolGarden harvestView from the gardenBarry rolls out the dough with his sonsOculus!

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Five Oaks Farm is a small family farm located on the Henry Wilhelm Estate that was built in 1865 and is a historic landmark. The farm is located just off the Oregon Trail and was originally 160 acres with a house, chicken coop, sheep barn, stable, and black smith. The original outhouse is still hidden in the blackberries. The apple orchard, walnut tree and grape vines continue to fruit like gifts from the pioneers who settled here over 150 years ago.

Carol and Barry knew at first sight that the wonderful and historic Victorian house with a homestead apple orchard, original barns and five towering oak trees was where they wanted to live, grow their pesto business and raise their four boys.

I lead a workshop on how to build a wood fired earthen oven, and designed an outdoor kitchen/gathering place near their vegetable garden. Thanks so much to all of the neighbors and friends that helped!
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Some photos of the process:Choosing the siteBuilding the baseSifting clay
Building the domeOpening the oven
Ready for plaster
A tiny celebratory fire

Martha Grace tunes up for orchestra practice as we plaster and finish the roof


The Peven boys make the pizzasThe roof structure is stout!


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