"Back then they used whatever material they had on hand….We’re going to go with the sandstone."
From the time of the first French colonies in Canada, the smell of bread baking has brought people together.
So the folks at the Gaspesian British Heritage Village in New Richmond naturally sensed that a traditional Quebec-style outdoor bread oven would be a crowd-pleaser.
Michael Hayes was raised on a farm in nearby Shigawake, but he roamed around a lot in his younger years, learning the craft of stonemasonry along the way. Recently he returned to the Baie des Chaleurs, where he works as an educator.
He talked to StoryNet about the wood-fired brick oven he and his students built as part of the traditional crafts program held at the Heritage Village in the summer of 2012.