Thursday, July 23, 2009

The story of a stove.



Jackdaddy and I have a long history with vintage stoves.
We, in fact, met because of a stove.
You can hear that story here.
That's a condensed version of what happened, but it's "our story" (and we're stickin' to it).
The stove in the story was a gorgeous old O'Keefe and Merritt that could cook like nobody's business. It was just an amazing representation of all that is good and fine in the world.
When we bought the Wabi-Sabi house we knew we had to have a new stove. See what I mean?

So we started obsessively checking perusing Craigslist for one. Sure enough, one turned up and we went to look at it. I wishlikehell I had a picture of it when we first got it. I'll just tell you that it was used as a camp stove for many, many, many years and all that that implies. I think the guy sold it to us for less than $200. Stealing is wrong. Agreeing to a most agreeable price is not. We agreed and then drove quickly away before he could see how hysterical
we were. What did we do before Craigslist? What did we do, I ask you?
Then Jackdaddy got to obsessively restoring fixin' it up.
I'm here to tell you that Jackdaddy can do some fixin' up when he puts his mind to it.
Here it is - a 1951 (same year as the house even) Wedgwood with rare blue burner knobs. It's been re-chromed and re-porcelained and cleaned and sumpin' else and sumpin' else.
TA DA!

Isn't that the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?
(And the stove looks so good too!)
The fancy vent-a-hood was a damaged item from some swanky kitchen store. It's got a dent on the right side that you cannot see because it's mounted to the cabinet. I just love that those swanky stores discount things just for having a dent in a spot where you are not even going to see it.
It's all grungy and grimy now cuz we live over here. I am not one to stand around picking crumbs from every crevice in an effort to keep it perfect. It's all part of being wabi-sabi, you know.
Not only is it beautiful, but it can really cook. When you turn it on, that is. Wish someone around here would do that every now and then.


4 comments:

  1. I swear I heard your story on KUT or did you tell me the story exactly like that???
    Either way...so very sweet and of course you know I LOVE your stove!!

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  2. That is, indeed, a beautiful thing. Trying not to have too much envy!

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  3. Erica, I dunno! Maybe you heard it. It was so fun to do.

    Amy - xoxo Thank you.

    Iris - and thank YOU!

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