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


 

Two Years Later: The Crew Gathers Once More
Surrounding the oven with cement block and filling the space with vermiculite for insulation. Mixing ingrediants for stucco.
The stucco application learning curve. Two layers of stucco — almost 1inch total when final 3rd layer is added — each layer scored so next layer adheres better.
Six bottles later: The last layer of stucco is made with white portland cement.
From left: '99 Chateau Branda, '99 Solaris Cabernet Reserve, '95 Baron de Pichon Longueville (voted best of construction project), '95 Chateau Soutard, '01 Merryvale Cabernet, '01 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margeaux

Notes & thoughts on construction & bread & etc.