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COB clay Pizza Oven Building with David Alty: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

COB clay Pizza Oven Building with David Alty: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

Course Length: 1 day

Price: £100

4 star rating, 2 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Monday 25th December 2017


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Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

As you will read from our feedback below- our 2014 Pizza oven courses ran over 2 days from July onwards - and some people felt it would be better earlier and compacted into one single day - so we have listened and are providing One day pizza oven courses from Spring time onwards. We will have a previously made pizza oven to complete in the lesson when we can light it, use it and discuss the other stages required to complete your own oven at home, including how to protect your oven from the elements as well as the sourcing of all materials.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.

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An excellent introduction to skills in making an oven. The emphasis on touching and feeling the material means that even though you may wait until the spring to start it is more than just x sand to y clay but a real feel for what is required


I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was well structured and although the second day was rather slow it allowed us to fire up the oven and get some practical experience of how to operate it. Only one problem. The timing was poor. It is not practical to start building an oven in late summer early autumn. A base must be built, fire bricks and clay sourced and the oven left to dry. Drying is not likely to be successful in the autumn and the oven is sensitive to rain. The process really needs to start in the spring and the course should reflect that by being held in early spring.


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