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2006 MHA Annual Meeting

Wildacres, North Carolina

Photo report by Norbert Senf

wildacres view
View towards the amphitheatre. We enjoyed 6 days of fabulous weather - not usually a sure thing in the mountains.

gary hart
Opening business meeting. MHA Secretary Gary Hart presents his report.

Pat Manley administers hands-on tests, assisted by Walt Kelley

(Below) Eight people took their hands-on test for heater mason certification.


walt kelley and scott helms
Master masons Dan Givens, Walt Kelly, and Scott Helms in deep discussion. Chances are pretty good that the subject is brick related.

Setting an arch on the bakeoven project. This year the project was led by renowned New England bake oven builder Peter Moore.

Photo Report.

Steve Patzer demonstrates his considerable masonry skills on the Cinva Ram earth block heater.

Photo Report.

Kristy Lamus works on the bell/contraflow heater that was tested in both configurations.
Photo Report.

The auction was a huge success and a lot of fun. This year we raised $9,948. Special thanks to Jerry Frisch for his very generous

Michael Gilmore and Steve Bushway relaxing in the gazebo.

Steve Patzer's cherry '72 Chev pickup, which is his daily driver, and which he restored himself.

Jerry thought Steve's truck would make a great auction item.

Pat Manley gave us a presentation on his work this year in Guatemala with his Masons on a Mission project

Hikari Fukazawa gave a presentation on the MHA masonry heater project in Japan last year.

Stoel Burrowes presented a workshop on perspective drawing that was very well received.
Stoel is Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts.

Ernst Kiesling gave a workshop on general heater issues, open to audience requests.

Ashley Eldridge from the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) gave us a great presentation on code issues as they relate
to heaters.

(Not pictured): Other workshops included:

The Pizza Party: 
The bakeoven was built and fired under the guidance and supervision of Peter Moore of Pawlet, VT. Frank Giammaria of Montreal was
the very enthusiastic and professional pizza chef.  Hikari Fukazawa and Takuya Wakayama from Japan helped Frank with the pizza dough. 

Everyone was involved in creating the 130 pizzas under the guidance of Frank who brought 75 lbs of "pizza goodies" on the plane with him. 
This year, we decided not to eat in the dining room after Pizza - we didn't have to!


Everything was torn down. Gary Hart and Jim Pervis "working" on the tractor.

Ben Sotero and Takuya Wakayama contemplating the ice cream choices in Little Switzerland.
Ben is a mason from northern California, and Takuya is an engineer from Japan who heats his house with a Tulikivi.

Flowers presented to retiring MHA Administrator Bev Marois.
Bev has agreed to remain on as our Executive Director.

MHA Group Shot 2006Group Photo. (Scroll right). High Resolution version.

Jerry, Alex and I left Wildacres on Thurday morning.
We drove to Toronto to attend an ASTM masonry heater meeting, and had
further adventures


See also,
2004 Photo Report
2003 Photo Report
2002 Photo Report
2001 Photo Report
2000 Photo Report
1999 Photo Report
1998 Photo Report
1997 Photo Report

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