“Susie is quite happy .”
John & Susie
“Sara, we received our stove and it is exactly what we wanted. It is actually a little smaller than our other one but fits perfectly in our kitchen. It is heating my kitchen as I write to you. Thank you so much for all your patience with us.”
Cheri & John Lehman
“The Magee Ideal looks great! She is nestled in and we can hardly wait to start cooking. Next week we will be hooked up and all set. We are thrilled!!”
Betsy Towl, New Castle Historical Society
“You do beautiful work and it will be great to see our girl restored to her gracious self.”
Elaine & Alan Wolfe, Jones Cabin Run Vineyards
“Hi Princess! I have my cook stove put together and in my kitchen as of yesterday - its not hooked up but at least it is in the house - not the garage, and it LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for taking care of my stove and returning it to me so I can treasure it for many more years.”
Dr. Bromwyn Helene
“Hi Folks! Just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the stove. It is absolutely everything we wanted. Thanks sooooooo much! Sincere;) One Very Happy Customer”
“When I was looking for a cook stove, I was surprised to find a company that had a while room full; they had terrific selection! The stove I bought was completely overhauled so I will feel very safe using it.”
“I have...enjoyed our relationship. You, Tammy, and Richard have been patient with me and answered all of my questions. I would not hesitate to send you another stove. I will certainly send you pictures of the final installation. Unfortunately, this may not be until early next year. This is when the stove will find its resting place. My house is still in the construction phase. This stove warmed my grandfather’s childhood home and I recently attended a family reunion of all of his offspring. Many of them knew that I had extracted the stove prior to the house demolition (it had been empty for 50 years and the Ohio forest had reclaimed it). I must have given your website to at least 10 of them who had stove envy. Once I send pictures of the final restoration I expect you may see sales inquiries from some of them.”
“We want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your contribution to our project by helping us shape the "signature" look of "Bolder!" and "The Great Obsewer." We look forward to working with you again on future film projects that come our way. Sincerely,
Martha & Tim
PS Richard, you made me a hero by finding these stoves. Thanks so very much. They were some of our greatest finds.”
Tim Pope - Bolder! Set Dec Department
“Richard was very helpful. We have been looking since March 2007! It has been very interesting seeking out the right stove. Richard has been very cooperative and allowed as much time as we needed to make our decision.”
Wayne & Carol Larkin
“The stove is absolutely beautiful! I am in the final stages of my kitchen remodeling so I hope to get the stove in within the next month. Thanks for the expert packing and shipping, the stove came perfectly in tact. Thanks again for the great purchase.”
“Looks amazing, thank you.”
Mark Forgione & Chris Plumbo - Chef/Partner
“You did the awesome restoration on my shipboard wood stove a few years back. The stove is holding up just great and as always, I appreciate the fine job you did. People really love that little stove”
“The stove we bought from you...was pictured in the September 2007 issue of "Log Home Design magazine" and the" Orvis Book of Cabins" under "cabin concepts" after page 133 while the second was in the preface.”
You really are a Stove Princess, a true romantic and a wonderful tour guide !!
We so much enjoyed our visit. Your store/museum is astounding and the variety and detail of the stoves amazed us. Your history added so much! And we loved strolling through your Dad's gardens.
Thanks so much for making such a memorable time as both couples celebrate our 25th wedding anniversaries.
Thank you for all the momentos, more wonderful memories of our time and this special year.
Again, thanks for your above and beyond effort -- it made it so special for us.”
AN ODE OF THANKS TO BLACKSMITH RICHARD
I was born in 1922 in Indiana where my ancestors had migrated to many years earlier via horse-drawn covered wagons. For the first 12 years of my life I enjoyed all the modem comforts of the times (despite the fact that it was in the middle of the famous depression!)
Then in the summer of 1935 our family of eight reversed the migration and traveled via motorized horsepower from Michigan to the hill town of Rowe, Massachusetts.
Here I had to learn to live with the discomforts of no central heat, no electricity and no running water which meant NO indoor plumbing! The one luxury we did have was a 3-hole privy in an attached shed so we didn't have to go outdoors in the dark or inclement weather. It was quite a come down to have to scoop water by the dipper full from a wooden storage tank and heat it on the wood-burning range for anything and everything from making a pot of coffee to filling the galvanized wash tub for laundry on Mondays and baths on Saturdays.
Where it used to take only a quick flip of a switch to get instantaneous light, now a complex daily ritual was required. First, the lamp base had to be filled with kerosene; then the glass chimney must be washed and dried; and finally the wick needed to be trimmed daily to even it off and get rid of the charred fibers. Ironing my clothes for school was a major operation!
No matter what the outside temperature was, a hot fire had to be maintained in the kitchen range to heat the cast iron sad irons lined up on its top waiting their turns to be picked up with a special handle to transfer their heat and weight onto the wrinkled garment.
But there was one thing I have cherished over the years to this very day and that is the smell and the warmth of a wood fire - there is nothing else like it!
My fondest memories of those childhood days involved wintry Saturday mornings. After my school homework was done for the weekend and my household chores were completed, I was allowed to draw up a rocking chair to the kitchen range, open the oven door, put my feet inside and lean back to leisurely read my favorite books to my heart's content. I never smell a wood fire without remembering those Saturday mornings so long ago, wishing I could once again experience those wonderful moments - of course without relinquishing the other comforts of life to which I have become so accustomed to!
Little did I know that some sixty years later my grandson would help to make my dream come true.
Of course he had heard the stories of my childhood days so when he came into possession of an old cast iron kitchen range, he immediately thought of me. It was in pretty sad condition but all the parts were still in tact. It was because of frequent trips he had made to Route #9 via Route #118 that he remembered seeing a business where wood stoves were restored.
By accessing the internet he was able to get the necessary information for me to contact Blacksmith Richard Richardson of the Old Time Stove Co., Inc. in Goshen, MA. That was the beginning of the fulfillment of my dream.
A visit to the Old Time Stove Museum and seeing for myself the wonderful collection of stoves from the past convinced me it was worth a try to trust Richard to bring new life into this pile of rusted iron.
I was willing to accept less than perfection as long as the resulting product could safely bum wood allowing me to simmer a pot of stew on the back surface and an oven in which to warm my always cold feet! So try to imagine my pleasure when several months later Blacksmith Richard had restored the relic from my grandson's cellar to a thing of beauty! I could now stew my supper, toast my toes, and rock and read in the very same rocker that I had used in those good old days!!