The Modestus Baking Company


Day by Day Fun:

Stage 1 (2002):
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Day 7
More 7

Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Days 12 & 13
Day 14
More 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18: The Last

Stage 2:
Still Working!
A Roof
Baking at Last
First Real Bake

Stage 3 (2004)
Insulation & Stucco
Some Notes on Construction

Thanksgiving 2009

Stage 4 (2007)
Finished at last!
Thanksgiving 2009

Questions and Comments:

This oven is in
Twain Harte, CA


Day One: Humping Cement & Building The Form

The Bakery of Modestus at Pompeii: when excavated, there was still bread in the oven.
By the end of the project, we'd probably carried and hand-mixed about 110 90 lb sacks of concrete or mortar. Hint: next time, a mixer isn't a bad idea... . Most of the photos show Dave or Erika as the ones hard at work (well, someone's gotta take the photos!). If you're looking for someone to build your oven, they're the crew you want. See their contact information under Still want to build one?

Day 2 Here