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November 2017

Tin Spice Boxes {and chuck wagons}

2017-11-19T15:53:50+00:00

It’s time for a bit of history, mainly to satisfy myself but also because it’s related to food, and things related to food are also connected to cookware. This week? Spice boxes! Tin spice boxes, which typically were made out of a thin plate of steel and hot dipped with tin and then painted (so [...]

Tin Spice Boxes {and chuck wagons} 2017-11-19T15:53:50+00:00

October 2017

Making a Punched Barn Lantern {Part 1}

2017-10-30T20:32:15+00:00

Barn lanterns. You know why they’re called barn lanterns, right? Because they were used there. In a barn. Specifically so the barns themselves wouldn’t catch fire when a cow kicked said lantern over into a pile of hay. (Unless of course the cow had great aim and the lantern door was rusted and it opened [...]

Making a Punched Barn Lantern {Part 1} 2017-10-30T20:32:15+00:00

Elderberry Juice for Better Health

2017-10-09T20:54:03+00:00

It's that time of year: cold, flu, sniffles, and school (because school brings on the germs). While modern medicine is a huge fantastic boon to us in these modern days, I'm still an active believer and advocate for the old ways as well. There's a reason humanity made it this far, and it's not all [...]

Elderberry Juice for Better Health 2017-10-09T20:54:03+00:00

September 2017

What Did We Do This Summer?

2017-09-26T20:57:38+00:00

Having firmly established that I prefer to go all the way when it comes to research and understanding the life and culture behind original cookware, it should come as no surprise to you that I've dragged the family firmly into the reenacting experience as well. Party like it's 1829, right? This summer has meant some [...]

What Did We Do This Summer? 2017-09-26T20:57:38+00:00

The Making of a Metal Shop

2017-09-19T19:49:45+00:00

It's time I admitted to my obsession. I collect tools. As in: "Honey, for our wedding anniversary, can we get a band saw?" Or going on McMaster-Carr's website weekly. Or begging my uncle to look for vintage tinsmithing tools at his blacksmith conventions. Or "Can we build a shed for all the tools?" (pipe dream...) [...]

The Making of a Metal Shop 2017-09-19T19:49:45+00:00

August 2017

Chili Garlic Vegetable Pasta

2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

It’s summer. My garden is in seriously overwhelming full bloom, and I can’t pick the nasturtiums fast enough or eat enough salads to use them all. And then there’s the beets and beans!! Yikes! I’m pretty sure they’re having sex every night and reproducing way faster than rabbits because there are more beans every morning [...]

Chili Garlic Vegetable Pasta 2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

The Truth About Copper & Moscow Mules

2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

I was going to post a recipe today. Very “garden fresh and organic!” and all that. But instead there’s all this buzz about copper: copper Moscow Mule cups, copper cookware, unlined copper. And before there’s yet another article published that cites the same source or two, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring [...]

The Truth About Copper & Moscow Mules 2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

The (re)Making of American Copper Cookware Skillets

2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

In case it hasn’t been obvious, I’m a little enamored with the notion of recreating American copper cookware pieces that have been lost along with the slow disappearance of the hand-made, coppersmith trade itself. So – surprise! I’m making a skillet next. Though most copper skillets were relatively small in terms of today’s expectations (and [...]

The (re)Making of American Copper Cookware Skillets 2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

July 2017

Creating a Copper Jambonnière {Part 3}

2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

If you've been following the saga of pattern creation and remaking a vintage piece of copper cookware from scratch...here's the final conclusion.  Likely you might be as happy as I am that this is done and I can start posting things like cheese recipes again... So it was time to create the lid and handles [...]

Creating a Copper Jambonnière {Part 3} 2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

June 2017

Creating a Copper Jambonnière {Part Two}

2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00

Over the past weeks, my ongoing apprenticeship at Backwoods Tin & Copper has been mostly obsessed with finishing up the copper jambonnière pan – not least because we wanted to have it done to show at the tinsmith convergence in Indiana this month. So the craziness continued. Tinning the copper jambonnière in the flat. [...]

Creating a Copper Jambonnière {Part Two} 2017-08-22T20:20:08+00:00