At the same time I decided to build a kiln, I was building my log cabin. I've always like log structures but the cabin was the first log structure I ever built. I had worked out problems dealing with logs when I built the cabin which gave me confidence when I built the kiln shed after. These projects took time for me. Construction would happen in the blocks of time that I wasn't throwing, firing, and showing.
As all of this was happening, I was gathering materials for the kiln and kiln shed; like the bricks, tin, lumber, shelving and kiln furniture. All of those things showed up when I needed it. My bricks for example, they came from a demolished brick kiln located in Sanford, North Carolina. Each brick was hand moved, palletized, re-moved, and then cleaned with a hammer before being laid into the kiln. I think I picked up each brick ten times --that's if there were no problems. But, I didn't have to pay anything for them. If I bought them new it would have been $4 a brick and this is a 10,000 brick kiln which would have cost minimum $40,000 just for the brick not including other materials.
I bought the property where I would build my kiln in 2013. The property is in Moore County and is special to me because it's close to where W. H. Chriscoe's house and pottery was. He is my great-great-grandfather and one of the original five Seagrove Potters.
After the cabin was built, I was able to focus my construction efforts on the kiln shed which began in the summer of 2014. This kiln and shed is an evolution of all of the kilns I've fired over the years. I had the time to design it exactly how I wanted.
I want to share my progress of the kiln construction. It's been quite the undertaking for me. The following series of posts and photos show the progression of the build.