Sand Patterns

While I’d like to post my 3rd and final video on the pizza oven, it’s just still a long way from done.


It’s coming along… slowly though it may be.  Here’s a pic to show you the current progress.  So many people think… pizza oven, what’s taking so long.  So let this picture give you a different perspective and a teaser until the final video details it’s many still left undone steps.. like building our own roof, our own doors, countertop border, stone facade, etc.

So this blog entry offers a distraction from the pizza oven.  Wouldn’t want anyone thinking we’re all work and no play.

We recently got back from Page, AZ.  Now there isn’t much in Page, AZ as far as charming towns, shopping, or restaurants.  But it is full of natural wonders, textures, shapes and colors.  Page is home to Antelope Canyon (see my photos posted on


I am far from an avant garde photographer.  I concentrate mostly on landscape & wildlife.  Having said that, Page is full of interesting difficult-to-capture textures and colors.



I love what my friend Gayle shared… now all I have to do is learn to make countertops out of my textures.  Thanks, Gayle.  You’re awesome.  You’ll be the first to get a set when I do!



Pizza Oven, Part Two: The Oven

If doing the prep wasn’t enough of a chore… building the actual oven, was a mathematical, mind bending, brick laying challenge.   But gratifying none the less.  The bigger the challenge, the larger the reward.  We worked hard, and yielded great results.

They have been making pizza ovens for centuries… so what makes it so hard?  As someone who saw what we were doing… “it isn’t a kit?” No.  How do you know where they go… each row is custom.. and each piece individual.  Not only is it not a kit.. we have no plans.  If we weren’t worried about doing a quality job, with good clean joints, and sharp lines… it would have been an easier task.  But we took our time to assure we could ‘productionize’ each step, making the joints as small as possible, and thermal dynamics (and heat transfer) as uniform and even as we could to make an efficient, sound, and beautiful oven.

Each day is an adventure… and with it’s own reward.

For those who have done it… welcome us to the club… it was a daunting challenge, one we feel proud and stronger for having achieved.  Wow.  What an endeavor!

Check it out….

Pizza Oven Video