I had long talked to my wife about wanting a cob pizza oven. The construction aspect interested me but I was also fascinated by such an ancient style of cooking using natural materials. Therefore, when my wife bought me a surprise present to attend a course, I was delighted. We went off for a night away and spent a day with other people learning how to make a traditional cob oven (with some modern tweaks) courtesy of the Fabulous Cob Oven Company, http://www.coboven.co.uk/.
With all the skills I now needed to make one myself!