Welcome to the BlackOven web site. This site is run by
Dirk & Tina Howard (that's us!) to share our experiences
and enthusiasm about wood fired hearth ovens and the wonderful
bread that can result.
Tina is the major baker in the family, but since I was
introduced to artisan breads, I fancy myself an advanced
baker. (Tina says that I'm a legend in my own mind.) Anyway,
the easiest way for Tina to get an oven is for me to think
of myself as the chief fire watcher. I am looking forward
to building and managing the oven for her. I even like the
workout that I get in kneading the dough by hand.
We are looking into building our oven on a trailer very
much like the oven that Dan Wing has for his own use. Our
first hands on exposure to hearth ovens was Dan's masonry
masterpiece. I hope to use the web site to log our journey
to hearth oven ownership.
Like much in life, this web site is a work in progress.
Please take a look around and if you see something that
you like, please let us know. If you know of something that
you think that should be here, let us know as well.
May your bread always spring up to feed you!
Dirk & Tina