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.

Bandera stove restoration

I don't think I have ever seen a stove in such a state! This little Bandera stove from Smith and Wellstood's Columbian Stove and Iron Works has certainly seen better days. It dates to the 1920s and has been used daily up until recently. It was originally fitted to a traction engine's living van and it will be returning there in the next few weeks.
Watch this space for updates on the extensive restoration of this little range including new patterns and casting for the top plate, front plate, rear, complete oven, grate hanger, damper assembly etc etc!

The “Wellstood” range

This fantastic "Wellstood" cooking range arrived at my workshops yesterday evening. The "Wellstood" was the top of the range appliance from the famous 'Smith & Wellstood' company at the time and their ranges could be found in many of the larger establihsments around the Bristish Isles and beyond. This one is in pretty reasonable order but will be restored to the high standard that it is deserving of.
The other image shows an engraving from an original catalogue of the a very similar model.

Diamond stove in stock

I recently go this 'Diamond' stove in stock by the Columbian stove and iron works of Smith and Wellstod. It would be well at home in a boat, waggon or van. If you are interested in this stove do get in touch as it won't be around for long!

All stoves this week!

It's been all stoves this week with four fantastic examples being restored and ready for their new homes. The first is a 'Caledonian Queen' which is a great example of Art Deco designs in a stoves whilst the one next to it, a 'Queenie' is very much of the previous century. There is also a Tortoise No1 and Dumpy No2, both were used extensivley in Shepherds huts and Living vans.

New workshop

Well we have finally begun the move to the new (much larger) workshop so thank you to all those who have been patient during this time. You can expect big changes to the website, services and products over the coming months with some exciting new developments like the manufacture of very high quality replica 'Nipper' stoves, 'Hostess' ranges and authentic Larbert and Guidwife 'Back cabin stoves'! I will post with more details on this as time goes on. All the best. Olly

Columbian Stove Works, Fairy Range

For those who have expressed an interest in the Fairy range, cast at the Columbian works of Smith and Wellstood, I have posted here a mock up of how it will look. The range has been blasted to remove the original enamel that was way passed its best. The handles and name badge will be nickel plated as they were originally so it will look very smart when done. I'm snowed under with restorations at the moment so I won't get to this one until September time, keep your eyes peeled!