This past June, we had the privilege of working with the Inglewood Community Association to construct Calgary’s first community cob oven, that is, an oven in a public park, that is open to public use. This project thrilled us for a number of reasons, including the fact that we’ve known for years that these ovens are really about community building; what better ingredients over which to meet your neighbours than fire and good food!
This oven was the culmination of so many efforts. A big thank you to everyone involved (esp. Mieka West & the Inglewood Community Association). This particular project was dreamed up last year, after the floods in June of 2013, an event which hit Inglewood particularly hard. It was a tough time for many, but it was noted how much people pulled together, especially around food, during that challenging time. As a memorial to those efforts, this oven now stands as a place to gather, and to feast. We were so thrilled to be part of this project!
One requirement for this oven was that is needed to have a door, that could be locked if necessary. We called upon the talents of one of our students and friends, Rocky Turel, to work his magic with metal and create a door that fit the bill.
Have a look at the Metro Calgary article for some more background on the project.
Below are some photos of the day!