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Two years ago Lamb converted a former plumbing company inhabited by round-the-clock guard dogs into a showroom, offices and a work studio with two kilns.
Autumn and then winter’s snows arrived, and the kilns at the factory never turned back on.
Gas kiln door will be opened Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Music provided by Mike Shope.
The milled wood is air dried for at least a year, and then dried in a kiln for a few weeks to kill the bugs.
Heavy equipment powered by oil had to dig their foundations, Smil notes, and kilns fired with natural gas baked the concrete.
Elsewhere, model Marte Mei van Haaster did just that, trading Fanning's rubbery sheet mask for a slathering of detoxifying mud that made for a kiln-ready capture.
The temperature and timing of kiln schedules produced certain effects.
The woman who spent years doing meticulous research turned her talents to graph paper and temperature charts, color wheels and kilns.
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Did You Know?
Kiln has been a part of the English language for over 1,000 years, its first known use in Old English (as "cyline") dating back to the early 700s. Unlike many words that descend from Old English, however, "kiln" is not ultimately Germanic in origin but was borrowed from Latin culina, meaning "kitchen," an ancestor of the English word culinary. In the 14th century, speakers of Middle English began to drop the "n" at the end of the word, and even to this day some English speakers pronounce "kiln" so that it rhymes with "mill." In fact, like "kiln," "mill" (from Late Latin molina) was originally spelled and pronounced with a terminal "n." Unlike "mill," however, "kiln" has retained the final "n" in spelling, if not always in pronunciation.
KILN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kiln for English Language Learners
: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)
KILN Defined for Kids
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