Each clay dig will provide enough clay for five to seven years, and takes months of planning and a day of hard work!
There’s no good way to know where a good clay source will be, so oftentimes more than one hole will need to be dug, but thanks to a good excavator the process takes much less time that it would have a hundred years ago.
Oftentimes the best clay is nine or ten feet underground. When a “good” clay source is hit, it is marked by a slurping sound from the hand of the excavator slicing the clay. This is when the real digging begins since each dig should provide at least five years of clay, which is stored in a back field under cover.
Our 2016 clay dig was marked with a thunderstorm, making a messy job even messier (and more fun!).