Workshops & Events

Heikki Hyytiainen Comes to Wild Acres

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heikki HyytiainenOur old friend of over thirty years, Heikki Hyytiainen, came to Wild Acres this year in Little Switzerland as a speaker and presenter at the annual Masonry Heater Association retreat. Heikki was our first significant contact in Europe who graciously introduced Doug Wood and Albie Barden to the world of Finnish Contraflow heaters in the winter of 1979. In the spring of 1979, ...

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Wood Fired Baking with the Jubinsky’s

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Michael’s Law: “No matter where you are, when working with flour,
you’re always downwind.”

~ Michael Jubinsky, Stone Turtle Baking & Cooking School

I wiped my brow as I read the recipe for classic French bread. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous I would be the only one in the class to make a mistake. I think Michael may have sensed my uneasiness, because he made multiple trips around the table to check in ...

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Marty Cain Masonry Heater Workshop

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Albie drove a fully loaded truck and trailer to North Carolina from Maine with two crates on board with soapstone, sandstone, marble, firebrick and castable refractory elements all prefabbed for a small masonry heater at Marty Cain’s mountain top home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Earlier this spring, Marty had local workmen come in and pour a reinforced footing under the area on her Continue Reading →

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Winning Masonry Heater & Bake Oven Design Awards at Wild Acres

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For the past few years at the annual meetings of the Masonry Heater Association of North America which takes place at the Wild Acres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, a design contest has been held for the best masonry heater, the best masonry bake oven and this year for the best masonry project.

soapstone masonry heaterEntries are submitted with descriptions but no names of ...

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Hands-On Masonry Heater Workshop

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Maine Wood Heat and Albie Barden are building another soapstone veneered masonry heater for our long time friend Marty Cain in a hands-on workshop in Black Mountain, North Carolina from April 13th – 15th 2010. cain masonry heaterThis masonry heater, like an earlier heater we did with Marty years ago in New Hampshire, will have a soapstone veneer around a firebrick and castable ...

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New Wood-Fired Baking & Cooking Classes

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Too many cooks in your kitchen? Or maybe not enough? Learn to bake with the best with our friends at the Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School

Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School

Michael and Sandy Jubinksy, Founders of Stone Turtle Baking & Cooking School

Wood-Fired Baking & Cooking Classes

Stone Turtle’s classes range from baking pizza, chocolate, pies and ...

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Setting up Shop in New Zealand

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New Zealand is on the other side and “bottom” of the world relative to Finland, but there is still a winter season and measurable cold even though their February can be considered our “August.”

Sampsa Kiru, a native Finn, is a young doctor in Queenstown, New Zealand, in the middle of building an energy efficient house. Sampsa wants a Finnish Fireplace in his home. He wants the same incredible efficiency and warmth of the masonry heaters that he knew as a ...

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Kneading Conference 2010

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Kneading Conference Artisan Bread

“Bread brings people together in ways that ignite tradition, fertility, invention
and community.”

- Albie Barden, Maine Wood Heat Co.

As proud supporters of the Kneading Conference for the past three years, we’re already looking forward to the 2010 Conference which will take place in Skowhegan, Maine from July 29th – 30th, followed by ...

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Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School 2010 Classes

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The Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School is now accepting registrations for their 2010 classes. Offering-world class instruction from top bakers in the country, Stone Turtle is known as one of the premier baking and cooking schools in New England. Their hands-on classes include:

-  Breakfast breads
-  Artisan breads
-  Pizza, from dough to toppings
-  Chocolate for Valentine’s Day
-  Pies and tarts.

Wood Fired Oven Intensive:

Stone Turtle’s two-day Wood Fired Oven Intensive scheduled in April ...

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Le Panyol on The Rachael Ray Show!

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Believe it or not, it’s true! Almost one year ago a Le Panyol was featured on The Rachael Ray Show’s “America’s Coolest Kitchens” segment. The show visited the recently (and masterfully) remodeled kitchen of Maine Wood Heat friend and client Michael Yedowitz and showcased his personal Le Panyol wood fired oven.

You can make the jump here to view the piece–and despite ...

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