I've been itching to break out the clay for a while, and I decided today was the day. I hauled everything out of the closet and got a table primed and ready.
And then I learned something. Even sealed in unopened factory packaging, after 5 years of sitting in a closet...
Clay will become HARD. AS. A. ROCK. See those striations in the side of the block? That's where I cut through it using a 2 handled wire clay cutter thingy, and by 'cut' I mean hacked and sawed until I broke my 2 handled wire clay cutter thingy. And possibly a finger.
I've got the whole pile saturated, wrapped in plastic, and sitting in a rubbermaid container in the corner. I'm hoping that by tomorrow I'll be able to slice off a chunk without seriously injuring or killing myself, because I'm not sure my cat would call 911.