Building an Outdoor Oven

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Building an Outdoor Oven

June 11 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 4:00 pm

$100 – $225

Learn to build a cob oven at the beautiful Lundquist homestead in Wilton, Maine!

Wood fired earth ovens make it possible to bake incredible crusty breads and pizzas outdoors at home. We will construct an earth oven during this hands-on 2-day workshop, giving participants the skills and confidence to build their own.

Jesse Stevens, experienced outdoor oven builder and local nursery owner, will lead this workshop. It will cover design considerations, materials sourcing, mix recipes, heat management, baking methods, and more. Day 1 will focus on constructing the dome of the oven and on Day 2 we will work on the insulation layer and plastering.

All meals included, as well as optional camping on-site. Other accommodation options are available in nearby Wilton and Farmington.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Please bring comfortable clothing, a water bottle, work gloves and a notebook. Camping is available at the farm with access to bathroom facilities. All meals will be served outdoors under cover.


The event is being offered on a sliding scale; please pay what you can afford. Participants in MOFGA’s Journeyperson program and BIPOC participants (Black Indigenous People of Color) are welcomed to register free of charge.

Please indicate if you would like to camp when registering, as well as any dietary restrictions that you may have.

Covid Safety Considerations:

The host and instructor have been vaccinated. Masks will be optional while outside and required while using facilities inside the house. The event will be entirely outdoors and there is an outhouse although an indoor bathroom will be available as well.

About the instructor: Jesse Stevens has 15 years of experience building and operating wood-fired ovens of both cob and brick. Past projects have ranged from backyard settings to commercial restaurants and farms. Jesse also operates Sy’s Trees, a nursery and orchard in Sweden, Maine that specializes in unique fruit trees.

A person stands on a short ladder, working on building the upper portion of an outdoor oven



June 11 - June 12


9:00 am - 4:00 pm


$100 – $225

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