The ability to truly ‘see’
rather than merely look is acquired with diligence and is not
rewarded without some amount of sustained application. A seasoned and
informed recognition of the nuances and subtleties of wood fired
characteristics is akin to the sophistication of a developed
epicurean palate. Whilst ‘taste’ can be vehemently subjective,
truly qualified appreciation must be based on experimental
engagement, otherwise the local burger flipper would be writing
restaurant reviews for The Age. Development of more than a superficial ‘wood-fire’
aesthetic is something which, like the process itself, can be absorbed
but only partially understood over a very long period of time.
Patience really can be its own reward.