Yesterday I told you about the oven that I am helping to build at Hendricks Farms and Dairy, and I put up a slide show that partially detailed the process of laying up the block for the base. In today's slide show you will see that we filled in the base with a combination of busted-up cement block, shale, old brick and sand. We also began laying the firebrick that will make up the deck of the oven and serve as a "counter top" upon which we can serve food, cool bread and whatever.
So far the project is going really well. But, I'm feeling pretty beaten up. Handling all that cement block yesterday shredded my fingertips and the pain from all those tiny cuts kept me up the better part of last night. Even now, after numerous applications of a terrific anesthetic hand lotion ( I'm using Bag Balm) the pain from typing is infuritaing. And although I swim between 5 and 6 miles a weeks and my legs are in great shape, my hamstrings feel like they've got spear heads buried in them.
After so many years of doing masonry owrk on a amateur basis, I knew that what to expect: masonry if f---ing brutal and, it takes about two weeks for my body to get get used to it.
I wonder if Mike Ramondo, who graciously voulunteered to help, is in as much pain as I am.