|Whole and exploded pots|
|Looking good on the outside|
|The six pots before the firing.|
|The five survivors at the end.|
|This one lasted about a minute|
|At the end of the firing, I fished these and a dozen other fragements from the exploded pot out of the coals.|
|They hold water without reverting to mud|
|Cracks formed in the two thicker pots with the best seal blood coating. There was one thick pot that didn't crack, so I don't think it was thickness alone that caused the problem.|
|Surface heat spalls|
The interesting things that I want to remember for next time:
- Don't put the pots in the fire - heat them around the edge of the flames.
- Pots coated with seal blubber only were the ones to experience surface heat spalls after 2 hours of firing.
- The seal blood adheres to the pots best if it goes on while they are still cool and barely dry. Blood smeared on the pots on the hot sunny day flaked off in the firing.
- The two thickest pots with seal blood coating were the two that cracked from the added water. Thinner pots and those smeared with seal blubber only, did not crack.
Photo Credits: Tim Rast