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The Kilns Arrive

11 May 2009 was a big day for many MCCC ceramics students. Two new gas kilns arrived and
were moved into the appointed locations. The process was long and involved as various
obstacles required resting a kiln on blocks to reposition various jacks and lifts.
Starting in the early light of day at 7:00 AM, the kilns were in their final locations by about 11:00.

This is the first of several steps; other contractors will have to cut through and
connect vent stacks, hook up gas lines, etc. before these can actually run.

Later in the summer: Well! There were so many potential problems, including lack of space in
this room, that the sheltered corner of the outside deck was expanded and the kilns are
now located there along with the raku kiln. It's a bit rough on the studio assistants
in the winter, but solves many other problems. The formerly intended kiln room is still
a kiln room; the bisque kilns have been relocated there for better ventilation and workspace.

The Kilns Arrive!
The Kilns Arrive!
Unstrapping the Tools
Unstrapping the Tools
Dropping the Ramp
Dropping the Ramp
Ramp In Position
Ramp In Position
Forklift Unloading
Forklift Unloading
Handy Pallets
Handy Pallets
In Here?
In Here?
The Big Kiln
The Big Kiln
Up the Walkway
Up the Walkway
A Peek in the Box
A Peek in the Box
Stripping off the Packing
Stripping off the Packing
Ta Da!
Ta Da!
Burner End View
Burner End View
Positioning
Positioning
Disconnecting from Lagging
Disconnecting from Lagging
Free at Last
Free at Last
Onward to the Doorway
Onward to the Doorway
On Pallet Truck
On Pallet Truck
Toward the Doorway
Toward the Doorway
Juggling over Threshold
Juggling over Threshold
Negotiating the Door Sill
Negotiating the Door Sill
Inside!
Inside!
Turning Toward Kiln Room
Turning Toward Kiln Room
Approaching Kiln Room Door
Approaching Kiln Room Door
Almost Home
Almost Home
Inside the Kiln Room
Inside the Kiln Room
Moving to Final Location
Moving to Final Location
Just About There
Just About There
Checking Back Clearance
Checking Back Clearance
Final Shift
Final Shift
Room for the Next?
Room for the Next?
Final Lowering
Final Lowering
In Place
In Place
Off the Truck
Off the Truck
Ready to Unpack
Ready to Unpack
Slipping Forks Under
Slipping Forks Under
Up We Go
Up We Go
Headed for the Doorway
Headed for the Doorway
Unloading Accessories
Unloading Accessories
It Ends Up Here
"It Ends Up Here"
Shuttle in Doorway
Shuttle in Doorway
Shuttle Inside
Shuttle Inside
A Lateral Move
A Lateral Move
Into the Room
Into the Room
Relocating Pallet Truck
Relocating Pallet Truck
Stripping off Packing
Stripping off Packing
Lifting
Lifting
Off the Truck
Off the Truck
More Packing Off
More Packing Off
Checking It Out
Checking It Out
Burner End - Unbolting
Burner End - Unbolting
Tilt a Little
"Tilt a Little"
Freed for Travel
Freed for Travel
Backing Up Walkway
Backing Up Walkway
Prepping for Turn
Prepping for Turn
Toward the Door
Toward the Door
Tight Maneuver
Tight Maneuver
All Lined Up
All Lined Up
Starting In
Starting In
A Little More
"A Little More"
Inside View
Inside View
Resting Inside
Resting Inside
Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Let's Read the Instructions
Let's Read the Instructions
Positioning Inside Track
Positioning Inside Track
Bolting Track Sections
Bolting Track Sections
Attaching the Controller
Attaching the Controller
Jockeying to Position
Jockeying to Position
Repositioning Lift
Repositioning Lift
Setting Wheels on Track
Setting Wheels on Track
Checking Far Side
Checking Far Side
Readying Small Kiln
Readying Small Kiln
Coming In
Coming In
Rotating into Position
Rotating into Position
Just About There
Just About There
One Side Down
One Side Down
Lowering Other Side
Lowering Other Side
Door Open
Door Open
Brick Arch Detail
Brick Arch Detail