Saturday, February 14, 2009

Alan Scott, 72, Artisan of the Brick Oven, Dies

Alan Scott, 72, Artisan of the Brick Oven, Dies - Obituary (Obit) -
Alan Scott, whose blacksmith’s skill in using radiant heat led to a revival of the ancient craft of building brick ovens, allowing bakers to turn out bread with luxuriously moist interiors and crisp crusts, died Jan. 26 in Tasmania, Australia. He was 72.
Several thousand amateur bread bakers and thin-crust pizza makers now have backyard brick ovens, many with cathedral-like arches, that were built either by Mr. Scott, with Mr. Scott or according to specifications he laid out with his protégé Daniel Wing in their 1999 book, “The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens” (Chelsea Green Publishing).

2 comments: said...

Alan Scott was a great promoter of wood fire ovens. I am a mason and am now building pizza ovens as a profession. I also live in Hobart Tasmania just like Alan. Maybe its because we (Tasmanian)are big on alternative solutions. After all, we created the first "Green" political party in the world. My site is
If you have questions, please email me on
cheers John M

Anonymous said...

Hi..I met Scot once. A good man. He's certainly started a new craze for the west. Yet ovens have been and are still used in Central America, Africa and still in places in Europe. Found this great site with over 1000 images of ovens. Its at:

Enjoy the site!

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