Alan Scott, a man whose innovations as an amateur architect and engineer allowed thousands of people to rediscover the joys of brick oven baking, died of heart failure on January 26th in Australia. Mr. Scott’s death is a great loss to the baking community, though the many ovens he designed and built will live on as monuments to his achievements. His designs were masterpieces of adaptation. Starting from existing schematics (some of them hundreds of years old), he performed the crucial service of updating them so they could be constructed with modern tools and materials. Without his meticulous and ingenious plans, few of us who aspired to real brick oven baking would have had any idea where to begin. We owe him a great debt, and he will be missed.
For a more complete obituary on Alan Scott, click here.