Things seem to be moving along nicely.
We borrowed some scaffolding from a friend of Julie's, unfortunately we didn't have all the parts to make it quite high enough. We didn't discover this until it was already set up though, so we used it for a while. I set up a string forum which isn't completely necessary but always makes me feel better.
The next day we went into town and rented some scaffolding. Local potter, Bob stopped by just in time to help us set up the new scaffolding.
We've had quite a bit of help these last couple of days. Stewart came out for Friday and helped Julie work on the first chamber arch, before spending the last couple hours lifting bricks up to me on the scaffolding.
Elizabeth came out for the morning Saturday.
Wendy helped cut and shape bricks for Julie.
Spence spent an afternoon lifting bricks and mortar up to me.
Steve as well helped carrying bricks up to me. Its a nice shot of Steve, though for some reason the chimney looks like it's about to tip over. You'll have to take my word for it that the chimney is straight.
And of course Julie, who is putting in long hours getting her kiln together, and also getting pretty good at laying bricks.So that's where we are now.
The chimney is all done, though I think we will stucco the outside of it before we take down the scaffolding. We should be able to finish up the sidewalls to the second chamber and secondary firebox today. Monday we need to order a couple more arch brick before we can finish the first chamber arch, along with the arch brick we need some fiber before we fire the second chamber. Overall though things are looking to be on schedule to fire this coming weekend.