Some times repair work requires a little dis-assembly.
In the case of the fort’s well-loved beehive bake oven, almost everything, roof, oven, oven base, had to be taken apart so that we might start anew.
The roof came off easily, tried from so many years of work. The inside of the oven had already collapsed leaving only the outer shell to be broken up and removed. The wooden frame which held the earthen base crumbled and required little effort to remove while the earth, long packed under the oven, held.
Members of Frasers Highlanders put in a long day’s work rebuilding the frame for the oven base. The frame was rebuilt to the six foot by six foot specifications of the original frame.
The new base (below) awaits dressing (large, flat stones placed on the base, then topped with a slurry of clay and sand).