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.... the essential book…worth many times its price in avoided labor and frustration.--Dan Wing, author, The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves & Masonry Ovens
.[It] will awaken in you...the artisan vision, where earth meets hand meets spirit.--Peter Reinhart, author, Crust and Crumb
.Creative. Innovative. Brilliant. ...the definitive book on how to build an adobe oven....--William Rubel, author, The Magic of Fire
....simplicity itself: brief, brisk, artful, and well-written....empowering throughout...fruit of a new movement for sustainability, it celebrates the pleasure of living well with the earth..--Peter Bane, Permaculture Activist
Kiko Denzer is an artist, teacher, and author in the earthen building revival. He serves as artist-in-residence in schools in his home state of Oregon, and has muddied tens of thousands of hands with his popular oven and bread manual, Build Your Own Earth Oven (2007) as well as his guide to mud-based art forms, Dig Your Hands in the Dirt (2005).
Alan Scott was a craftsman and metaphysician who combined a lifetime's experience in metalwork, farming, and masonry oven-building with a constant awareness of the spiritual dimension of our activities on this earth. Originally from Australia, Alan lectured and led workshops throughout the U.S., under the aegis of his oven building and consultation firm, Ovencrafters, which is based in Petaluma, California. He returned to his native Australia several years ago after becoming ill. He died Jan. 26, 2009, in Tasmania. He was 72.