About

We’re located in the village of West Gouldsboro, ME.

For 50 years—the ceramic design & and artisan Makeshops of Maine Kiln Works have created beautiful durable objects for everyday use, to encourage traditional artisanship and process engineering in a variety of mediums.

Maine Kiln Works is located in the coastal village of West Gouldsboro, Maine (between Jones Pond and Jones Cove) on the way to Winter Harbor and Schoodic Point—home to Schoodic Institute | Acadia National Park.

In 1971—Dan Weaver turned down a university teaching position and moved from north Texas to rural Maine determined to make a living as a “maker”. Five decades later—Maine Kiln Works believes the only way to fully explore any idea is to conceive, design and build it (virtual model or tangible object).

In January 2018—Dan established a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational to metamorphose Maine Kiln Works to Artisan Lab. Our goal is to empower a new generation of Artisans to work with both hands & minds, despite cultural and economic disincentives. The Mission is 10 Finger Thinking—inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship & technology by providing an immersive, resource-rich environment to develop individual creative capacity, enrich local & global communities and serve all races, genders and ethnicities.

Explore Maine Kiln Works | Waterstone Sink | Artisan Lab Instagram Feed — to shadow ’10 Finger Thinking’

On completion of the hour and 3/4 Filter Press session the central slip feed tunnel is back flushed with compressed air and the hydraulic ram compressing the filter faced frames together is released. The 38 de-watered clay cakes (16 x 16 x 1.5 inch thick) can then be removed from the cavity space between the filter faced frames.

Each cake is then cut into pie shapes small enough for the mouth of the Venco Pug Mill to swallow. The single auger helix on the Venco makes for challenging feeding. My double auger Danco Pug Mill learned to do this better via Venco’s inefficient but less expensive hopper feed design.

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Mill brook bordering my West Gouldsboro home (bound for Flanders and Frenchmans Bay) in constant motion with Woodchuck and Meadow Mice out of hibernation and Fisher racing the banks. Bald Eagle fish the brook mouth now hosting Elvers (Glass Eeel) and Seal. Turkey clans working their way across the fields and Geese streaming overhead to that place they're sure the season needs now. Maine's wonderful winter gratefully punctuated by spring.

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Removing plastic stoneware cakes from each of 38 Netzsch Filter Press chambers following 1:45 minute de-watering pressing session.

100 gallons of wet blunged slip (pumped into the Filter Press) maximized plasticity retained in the clay cakes which are now moisture balanced but now need a ride through the vacuum de-airing Venco pugmill to become homogeneous.

The tiny flat clay platelets now have full plastic lubricity to optimize formability.

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The remaining trickle of exiting water after 1:45 minutes of Filter Press cycling and pump intervals slowed to 50 seconds. In other words / as the press squeezes out water the clay cakes become stiffer (with less water) and the pump cycles become progressively shorter.

Pressing beyond this 1 3/4 hour session creates clay which is too stiff to easily form but with care suited for Ram Pressing.

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The remaining slip (4 inches +) and the agitation props in the bottom of the 100 gallon slip tank after pneumatic pump feeds the blunger tank slip to the Filter Press.

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A day in the life of my Netzsch Filter Press is pressing out the excess slip water to render moderately stiff and plastic clay.

The excess water is needed to maximize plasticity but needs to be removed from the too wet slip to create malleable clay which is firm enough to hold its shape when formed or thrown.

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My backyard thinks spring has arrived

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My mold shop and clay mixing space with 10 inch Venco SS pugmill (with out-feed table), pneumatic SS pumped Netzsch 5600 psi Filter Press fed by my pair of 100 gallon slip blunging tanks (reverse engineered from discarded bits and pieces sourced on ebay).

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Bum up / Harry's bowls trying to be 6 x 3 are drying. Cheap and dirty bat rounds cut from recycled cardboard.

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The Penobscot Narrows Bridge (opened to traffic in December 2006) was built alongside the Waldo–Hancock Bridge (which it replaced) designed by the engineer responsible for the iconic moments of Galloping Gertie.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a 2,120 feet long cable-stayed bridge that carries US 1 over the Penobscot River below Bucksport. It connects Verona Island to Prospect, in the state of Maine. It replaced the Waldo–Hancock Bridge, built in 1931.

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Do you ever forget where you left your hammer or wonder what you can use as a hammer ?

As Nina shared "Always use the right tool for the job / The right tool is always a hammer / Anything can be a hammer"

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I recently received mail which referred to my artisan efforts as semi-automated. This crystalline detail falls in that category as I do nothing more than cross my fingers to encourage semi-automatic magic.

During my youth a mentor explained 'the trick to do something difficult is to hold your mouth right while you do it'

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1100 centigrade digital imaging kit adapts Canon equipment, telescope eyepiece, heat absorbing lens and simple shop made mounts and fixtures of aluminum, stainless steel and bits of scavenged plastic.

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