Alcosa hearth restoration
I have been interested in Blacksmithing for a while now
and used to spend my lunch hours practicing with an oxy/acetelyne torch held in a bench vice and a piece of RSJ for an anvil.
I hammered out little jobs for friends and family out of scrap metal I found like belt buckles, brackets and even jewellery. It was a fair while before I had the opportunity to set up my own forge and it happened in quite an unexpected way.
My Godfather, Colin is a curious old fellow really. By and large he keeps himself to himself but the few visitors he does receive might notice some unusual things in his back garden if they get that far. Inside the ramshackle old sheds there is a museums worth of agricultural archaeology like seed drills, butter churns, stationary engines, hand tools, ploughs, carts, traps, tractors and wagons. With the help of his brother Stephen, he has been restoring, amongst other things, two Oxforshire bowtop wagons. Colins’s was built in 1881 and Stephen’s is a 1901. They were found in a shed in a nearby village only two miles away from where they were first built. The brothers have even managed to track down a photo of the wagon wrights who built their very wagons!
Gold Medal Eagle Range
This was one of my most enjoyable restorations. The challenge was to bring a mighty ‘Gold Medal Eagle Range’ back to life. It is a twin oven range but with no boiler as the water was heated in a couple of coppers that occupied the basement in which it was found. The range was discovered behind some stud walling when the house was being renovated. The owners had actually owned the house for a number of years and had only used the cavernous basement as storage. It was then, to their delight and surprise when they chanced upon the range mid way through their project.
Gardener Range in Situe
This lovely little Gardener and Sons range was found behind a stud wall in a building destined to be converted into offices. Rather than its discovery causing excitement, the developers were a bit miffed; the budget was already stretched. After a short talk we decided upon an in situe restoration as the most economical way to preserve the range and make it into a feature of the room.