The Arch has moved once again! We’ve moved into a space that at one time was the old power house of what long ago serviced the Burlington Industries textiles manufacturing plant but is now The Riverside Business Park. We moved just a few hundred feet from our previous location within the park so if you’re looking at a GPS map, that famous little red arrow marker points to the same spot!
The building definitely presented us with some huge challenges, but with all the meandering metal pipes and metal boxes- (most of which I have no idea of their functions), they are now part of the overall “industrial look” that we simply work with..or around.
Fortunately we have maintained the same contact address as we simply moved “Unit 10” with us.
The space was clearly in very sad condition before we moved into it as you can see from these “before” photos. The many shades of paint and crumbling ceiling raised more than one eyebrow when we considered the space originally, in fact, at first, I for one, said ” NO”!
Then gradually, with the help of the park, and a closer look at the space, we accepted the challenge and recognized that it is going to function well for us. The high ceiling, natural light, upper loft work area and the outside awning are positive attributes of the space. Front doors were added, zero VOC paint was sprayed throughout the space, we built in some upper loft half walls and Jim wasted no time applying American Clay on a few of the walls (..there’s always more walls to cover with this amazing clay!). We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re here and we welcome everyone!
Alan Tilson with Indow Windows is in the upper loft (come in and discuss these energy efficient interior window inserts), and Roxanne’s “satellite” location for Amazing Capes takes up the other wing. !!! Check out her website too!
We have easy parking and the same great sustainable products and some new additions such as this sweet small portable stainless steel wood fired outdoor oven shown below.
Some of what The Arch offers: American Clay Earth Plaster and workshop offerings, Forno Bravo ovens and outdoor fireplace units for residential and commercial locations, Bella Outdoor Living wood fired ovens, one of Asheville’s best selections of sustainable flooring, Vermont Natural Coatings for floors, furniture, decks and exterior siding, home accents and art tile.
In our next blog post we plan to share images of The Nano C22 in action, fired up under the outside awning. We’ll be cooking some delicious appetizers! We are taking orders ( on the ovens), so come on in and take a look! There are larger units and drop-in options. Call us for details. 828 253 5455
Visit us at our new location at The Arch, 2000 Riverside Drive Unit 10, Asheville, NC 28804 http://www.thearchnc.com 828 253 5455 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website for hours of operation.
97 Feet UP!
This ought to be tall enough for a wood-fired oven chimney don’t you think? It’s not necessary of course, but….some ideas are BIG ideas and this one is BIG as well as TALL! Project Manager, Maxime Theberge of The Factory in High Point, NC wanted a bold and innovative idea to come together for this restored old mill dating back to the early 20th century, formally the Adams-Millis Hosiery Mill.
Now it is the home of a furniture showroom and is soon to be a destination for the High Point Market. This oven installation will be part of an entertainment venue, that not only has character but will be serving up some delicious fare to those attending events. Fire and wood-fired ovens are always a great draw and a crowd-pleaser and we’re thankful to have been a part of this project! Jim Erskine with The ARCH, was contacted Spring of 2012 as he is known for his competent masonry skills and Forno Bravo oven installation work. Well, this isn’t a typical installation for wood-fired ovens, but Jim was definitely stoked, jazzed, excited, you name it!, and between all the professionals looking at the engineering of this project it was given a green light!
Though I see a rather blue white moon light…oh wait, that’s not the moon at the top of that smoke stack, that’s daylight and that’s where climbers Michael Grosser and Leo Dupuis clipped their way up the interior rungs of the smoke stack and then helped guide sections of the selected Forno Bravo Modena 120 commercial wood-fired oven down the stack!
Four of the sections fit through the hole at the base, but the plan was to maintain a smaller opening and lower two of the six sections with the use of a crane, guided by Michael Grosser at the TOP. Several days prior to “the drop”, Jim had to get through this massive wall. Not what you call a highlight but he made it through this thick wall and then built an oven floor after gravel was poured into the base, cement, re bar reinforcement, the works….
Jim accomplished the hole in the wall and oven floor days before the crane was scheduled to provide their expertise…. and expertise was the case. Hats off to crane operators!
Not a bump going down the stack, and with the assistance from Michael at the top (to start the guided lowering of the sections), they were received by more brave souls at the base. (They waited until the piece was nearly at the bottom, stepped in and guided the final landing of the sections).
With a lot of patience and teamwork the six section oven kit was in place. (There is also a side access hole about fifteen feet up the right side of the smoke stack. Perhaps future climbing expeditions?)
Finally, a customized “smoke stack chimney cap” was lowered onto the top… another success! This cap was beautifully constructed and a necessary component. This time Leo Dupuis braved the climb up the smoke stack and guided the landing of the cap at the top.
The weather was drizzling most of the day but thankfully the wind wasn’t up. The next day more insulation and finish work was completed to the dome. Jim thanks all of those that helped with this project.
Next step…… to enjoy some phenomenal food and watch the smoke rise from 97 feet up!For more information give us a call at The ARCH 171 Weaverville Hwy Suite 103 Asheville NC 28804 828 253 5455 www.thearchnc.com For more images visit Jim’s Wood Fired Ovens Facebook page album
For Forno Bravo oven and outdoor fireplace sales and installation information call Jim Erskine 828 768 4438 or email email@example.com
Visit us at The ARCH in Asheville and you’ll find that we’re happy to talk ovens and hearth bread! We don’t claim to be baking professionals and yet we continue to surprise ourselves with delicious loaves of hearth bread. Often we add a little rosemary from the garden or bake Ciabatta with a little Asiago cheese. The recipes are endless. Add a summer fresh tomato, avocado, and goat cheese,….what more do you need to enjoy a delicious combination with fine bread while sitting on your deck this summer? Artisan breads generally cost from $5.00-$6.00 in Asheville, so, let’s see…. $6.00 times how many loaves? Considering the cost of flour, this is a great savings but more importantly it could be your bread. Shown here is just a small sample of delicious food that you can make in a hot wood-fired oven.
The ARCH offers competitive pricing on all Forno Bravo ovens and outdoor fireplace units, accessories, Caputo 00 flour, tomato sauces and more. We offer full service and installations as well. See Jim’s gallery of installations here. Give us a call at The ARCH today at 828 253 5455. Showroom hours: T-F 9:30-5:30, Sat. 10-3. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.thearchnc.com
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The flame is being fanned all across the country for Wood-Fired Ovens and the delicious food and entertainment they provide. We’re fanning the fire for exciting tile installations! We recently installed the tiles shown here on the arch of our own oven at our home. There are so many ways to use tiles on an oven installation but I suggest including something creative into your oven design whatever you do. Break the boredom and drop the minimalist look from time to time!
You can choose tiles that are colorful, whimsical, classic, craftsman, Latin, glass, stone; the possibilities are endless. Mosaics flow nicely and so believing I could work with the pieces we decided to combine these classic handmade decorative art tiles with a simple grey stone, both of which are available through our showroom The ARCH. Just give us a call and we can discuss creative ideas with you. I selected a grey grout which still allows for the various stone colors to pop out. Over the years the dark grout color won’t get dirty in appearance and it tones down the brighter tiles to blend with the earthy primitive nature of wood-fire cooking.
I started with a cardboard template of the arch and some paper cut outs of the tile pieces and stone shapes to see how it would flow.
After sketching and playing with some layouts, I attached the template to an arch on one of our showroom Forno Bravo models. (The oven shown below is the Casa2G80 32″ interior diameter which happens to have the same arch size as our Casa2G90 36″ interior diameter oven).
Once all the selections were made I special ordered the metallic glaze beauties from a local artist whose work we display at The ARCH, and the stone tiles that come on a mesh material.
I hand picked the most workable stones, placed them on the template and played and played with them until they were working with the tiles.
A few modifications from the original layout so I recommend careful measuring of the template. The process installing the mosaic was more enjoyable than I predicted as I had not completed a mosaic before.
It was a very sculptural feeling when it came to moving the grout throughout the mosaic. I used a grout bag to squirt the grout around all the pieces given there was so much variation in sizes and heights. The highs and lows of tiles and stones all connected as I smoothed the grout between the pieces.
Finally, the arch was complete!
The counter surface will meet up with the oven floor entry for easy use when cooking.
It was a pleasure to finally relax and see the fire nestled in the oven with the tiled arch surrounding it.
Christmas day had been a very full day. I wasn’t sure I wanted to cook an evening meal in the wood-fired oven or just hit the sofa. After a large breakfast, lunch with extended family, the occasional bites of date bars and chocolate throughout the day, did any of us need dinner at all?
We fired up the oven, tending it off and on for a little more than forty-five minutes which is typical for our Forno Bravo Casa2G90. The temperature outside was in the 30’s, the oven coals somewhere over 1000 degrees, the dome creating the perfect convection experience – all ready to sear in the flavors like no other cooking method. I prepared a couple of platters of vegetables (which took all of ten minutes- rinse vegetables, drizzle with oils, herbs, etc…, arranging and considering the grilling order and placement in the oven). The carrots were set to one side of the oven ahead of the rest of the vegetables allowing for the most generous amount of grilling time. I have read that cast iron may cook too hot in a wood-fired oven- but I believe it is more a case of knowing your oven and what you are cooking.Setting the heavy pan to the side of the fire works great for carrots. Want more heat? Move the pan closer to the fire. Want less? just pull it away, stirring on occasion, but not too often as its the caramelized skins that are delicious. Next, the portobellos were placed on the grill and then the peppers, checking up on them from time to time, giving the peppers a turn, evening out the coals beneath until all were roasted and just beginning to ooze their delicious juices.
Vegetables don’t take that long,so they want your undivided attention at this point. No problem. I was glad to be outside tending the beautiful red coals and watching the fire. The last vegetable I placed in the oven was the asparagus which had been placed on a foil covered roasting tray and placed on the Toscana grill. Drizzled with olive oil, herbs, garlic, fresh lime juice, combined with the perfect heat of the dome and coals beneath they provided the ultimate chorus and just listening to them sizzle was, well here…listen for yourself.
And they were absolutely delicious! They were so good that I grilled a second batch after dinner to eat the next day.
For more information on grilling in your wood-fired ovens, give us a call at The ARCH at 828 253 5455
Our Forno Bravo wood-fired oven continues to inspire us as we explore recipes and techniques, which often includes baking delicious hearth breads. Though we’re not professional bread bakers, we’ve surprised ourselves with some pretty delicious loaves of bread, and we remain admirers of the bread baking world- learning… learning… learning.
Shown here are a couple of Ciabatta loaves that Jim made that we thoroughly enjoyed alongside some Fire Roasted Tomato Soup that included roasted wood-fired tomatoes from our oven as well.
We have a lot of respect for the many master bakers that surround us who truly understand the art and science of creating beautiful and delicious bread. Cooking in our wood-fired Casa2G90 Forno Bravo oven has led us to seek out practical as well as artistic accessories for food preparation as well as cooking with the oven. You really do cook “with”a wood-fired oven as they have a lot to teach us. Wood-fired ovens offer a delightfully interactive experience.
We started out with the much needed and necessary long handled Forno Bravo tools, peels, pizza accessories,and cast iron grill, yet we still have a wish list. The tools each oven owner needs all depend on how you cook and use your oven. Give us a call at The ARCH 828 253 5455 if you would like some advice on what tools you need to get started with.
If I were camping for example, I can appreciate managing meals with a sparse supply , carving out “the forgotten spoon”, and all the improvising and creativity that goes with it, but when it comes to home, I admit enjoying tools that make a task easier or have an artistic appeal. Some of our bread baking “improvised” props have been successful, but some have not worked out so well for us so we’ve decided to add A NEW COLLECTION OF ARTISAN BAKING ACCESSORIES in our showroom The ARCH!
We’re very excited to explore baking hearth breads with the artisan rustic spiral raised lines and interesting cuts. We now carry Brotform proofing baskets, liners, baker’s couches, dough whisks and Bordelaise Lames. All are professional grade and very well made. Brotform baskets are handwoven bread molds made of cane, brotform, also known as brotformen or banneton. They are used to form and shape artisan loaves during the proofing and rising stage.
We’ll be adding to our inventory, but we’ve started out with the following: 8″ round Brotform baskets, 13″ Brotform Baskets, 18″ Baguette Brotform baskets, liners if desired (an option for another great crust texture) to fit any of the baskets we’ve ordered, Baker’s couche precut at 24×35″, Danish dough whisks in 11.5 and 14″ lengths, and Mure-Peyrot Bordelaise Lames. We’ll share some of the results soon!
Here’s a helpful link to an article discussing in greater depth the use of Brotform proofing baskets.
Give us a call at The ARCH for accessories as well as the complete Forno Bravo line of ovens, outdoor fireplaces and installation service at 828 253 5455
Hours T-F 9:30-5:30,Sat 10-3
My end of summer reading included a fascinating book by Ted Danson- Oceana. The format of the book is filled with facts and has an almost text book format. In fact, it would be a fantastic text book for high school or college students. It is so full of critical and disturbing facts about our oceans that I could not put it down, but instead wanted to take notes and list all the highlights so I wouldn’t forget the astounding numbers and their daunting truths.
Covering pollution to the devastating consequences of industrial trawling of our ocean floors, this book is truly an eye-opener. So what does this book have to do with Forno Bravo ovens and wood-fired cooking? Well, I set out to locate a sustainable fish recipe to post in our newsletter and it brought me back to all that Oceana supports in terms of sustainable fishing.
Our oceans are in trouble and our fish population is in trouble, so I wanted to spread the reminder that it is very important to support sustainable fish choices and to learn the facts, whether you are dining out or cooking seafood in your wood-fired oven. Fish2fork is one organization that is devoted to reviewing restaurants and whether their seafood is sustainable. The international organization Oceana has a broad agenda including keeping our oceans free of pollutants, protecting marine wildlife, preserving threatened marine places, promoting responsible fishing, combating effects of climate change on our oceans, and monitoring irresponsible fishing and more. I highly recommend getting acquainted with their website. Here is a handy seafood guide that they provide that is helpful (and can fit in your wallet) as you select your groceries and dine out.
Getting back to locating a sustainable fish recipe, I looked further into a great local source in our Western North Carolina mountains and was reminded of a well respected source: Sunburst Trout Farm. I am very impressed by their practices and excited to try their recipes in our wood-fired oven.
Sunburst Trout Farm raises their fish with no pesticides, no animal by-products, no growth hormones and the use of cool mountain waters results in a very fresh trout with a healthy high content of Omega-3 fatty acid. I included a favorite recipe of theirs in The ARCH October Newsletter for Rainbow Trout and it looks delicious. We’d love to get your feedback on this recipe and other sustainably harvested fish recipes.
The ARCH offers sustainable flooring and finishes, and will contribute a DONATION from all Forno Bravo oven sales through The ARCH to Oceana whose mission is to protect our oceans. Forno Bravo has also agreed to match The ARCH contributions! Forno Bravo owner, James Bairey liked the idea and has been a 20+ year member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium makes recommendations for healthy seafood choices through their Seafood Watch Program as is noted on the above seafood guide.
More sustainable seafood recipes from Oceana’s website.
More on Ted Danson’s book Oceana
Support sustainable fishing practices and spread the word!