Two Hornos: Santa Fe Botanical Garden, NM
I held 2 horno construction workshops at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in the fall of 2016. The oven bases and adjacent benches were installed by a landscaping company before the students arrived on site. We continued the work by using a sand form/cob technique to construct the oven domes. The small oven's inside diameter is 3 feet. The large oven's inside diameter is 5 feet! We finished both ovens with two coats of natural earthen plaster.
Key education takeaways:
- sourcing suitable crusher fines in the Santa Fe, NM area
- sourcing coarse construction sands in the Santa Fe, NM area
- developing design & construction techniques for larger diameter earthen ovens