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

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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