I borrowed a friend’s big truck today and made the run to Ann Arbor again, to use my newly built arch form to take down the inner kiln arch. My mom and three kids rode along again to help (Jeff was at work this time). Warm day, but many hands make light work. The boxed bricks rode another hour to the lake and the kids had an impromptu swim before we headed home — a three hour triangle of driving, in all. Not too grueling. Soft brick is not terribly heavy.

I plan to hire a couple of muscular college guys for the hard bricks and cinder blocks in the final trip.