1/24th scale model kiln, designed and crafted by Hazel Wyle.

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While discussing the finer points of brick collecting with my like minded friends Gordon and Hazel Wyle, the subject of kiln variations surfaced.

Hazel, having a a fabulous talent for creating scale models and dioramas, chipped in that she might build a scale model of a kiln one day.

True to her word, Hazel embarked on a journey. She studied photographs of various kilns and took many a field trip out to photograph what was left of the Cherryton kiln in Clackmannanshire. The kiln at Cherryton is a single arched Belgian continuous kiln which is a variation of the Hoffman continuous kiln.

Hazel decided on a 1/24th scale model.  The finished model, although based on Cherryton, is not an exact copy, but it incorporates various design features which embodies the general appearance and working aspects of a kiln in which to fire bricks and other clay products.

Hazel also decided that she wanted to show the inner workings of such a kiln so she decide to craft a cut away model. Basically what you see is the kiln dissected vertically in half along a 2 chambered length.

The finished article, complete with lighting and some wonderful personal touches, is in a class of its own. It is instantly recognisable and captures the atmosphere and appearance of a structure that once formed an integral part of Scotland’s industrial history.

Below – a series of photographs detailing the journey from a rough MDF  outline to the vibrant and thought provoking masterpiece that now graces my office at www.scottishbrickhistory.co.uk.

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