Here's a quick pic of my hard at work in the forge. I am in the process of making some components for a replica 18th century range and a chimney crane for an 1840's Coalbrookdale open range.

Dunton’s of Reading Showmans Stove

Dunton's of reading do not need introduction in the world of horse drawn waggons. They were the 'Rolls Royce' of waggons with some of their models costing several times more than the average home of the period. No expense was spared on their construction and fittings.

I was appraoched last year by a chap that was restoring a Dunton's Showman's waggon and so I wanted to make every effort to save what remains there were.

Below is the before and after pictures of what was presented to me for restoration and the finished article.

Narrowboat back cabin stoves now in production

Please be advised we are now in production of authentic narrowboat back cabin stoves. These will be on a limited run basis and will be manufactured to order. Please allow 12 months for your order to be delivered.
More details are in the 'SHOP', please follow the tab above.

A few new arrivals

There has been a lot of coming and going at the workshop of late and I will try to bring this blog up to date over the coming weeks.
Here is three pictures of some ranges that arrived this week. A very nice 'Mrs Sam' type range manufactured by Dobbie Forbes Ltd, a Larbert with boiler by the same and a lovelly little "Nipper" stove from Lane & Girven.

1830/40s Coalbrookdale range

Here we have something really special. This is a very early cooking range of the Coalbrookdale company. It has an adjustable fire cheek so the size of the fire can be increased or reduced for different purposes. Adjustment is via a rack and pinion system that is controlled with a crank handle that fits into a socket on the left hand side sham.
This range also comes with a large wrought iron chimney crane for hanging pots/ griddle/ pans etc over the fire.
The depth of the releif and gauage of the castings shows its quality and it goes without saying that this would have been a very expensive piece of apparatus back in the day.
Follow the 'Contact' tab above if you are interested in this range.

Bandera patterns takig shape

Here we have some images from the restoration of the Bandera stove. As you can see from the pictures the back plate was completely rotten and so a new pattern has been made. The iron casting will of course follow. Likewise the front plate and the side of this little stove have also required new patterns. A mock up of the stove is pictures here assembled on the original base plate.