Today I climbed inside my kiln with a 2 X 4 and a rubber mallet and got ta tappin'. Tappin' bricks, that is. My kiln is eight years old and has been fired roughly 75 times or so. This kiln was built without mortar and has metal bracing around the base of the kiln. I recently have seen a bunch of movement. The worse place was on the arch, closest to the chimney, shown in this photo. Of course, this is the after photo. I was anxious to jump on the task and forgot to snap a before photo. The wall was "bellying in." tapping them in with the 2 X 4 and a rubber mallet sure did do the trick. I may have to repeat this every few firings. We'll see.
I'm watching these two kiddos during the day while my wife is at work. I thought I would be able to get something done during the day, like decorating cups or something. Nada. No way. This kids are consuming me. I am getting to do a bit more computer work (iPad!) now that I'm in my living room so much. It is wonderful, though. Today, my daughter took three steps and is getting close to walking on her own. Children are just amazing, and I do feel lucky to be able to care for them at this age. My wife and I are both working our tails off. We are both up with the sun and work until 11pm or so. It's tiring, but very much worth it. So, now we sleep.