This POP of colour is exactly what is needed to lift sprits whilst storm Gareth is whipping rain and wind on the windows of the workshop!
Coated in juicy orange vitreous enamel, this re-enamelledstandard cooker is off to it's new home soon!
I love climbing up to the workshop when Matt, one of our talented engineersis on site, to see what is coming in and out on the job sheet.
Unwrapping the card to see what colour treats await is ordinarily my most favourite workshop activity,..
It would seem that if you linger a little too long, Matt will put you to work. My task, eagerly undertaken, was to drill and tap the thread for a standard ash pit door ball catch!
This is a tricky job, involving firstly suppressing a 3" long spring into it's home whilst holding the bearing and housing in place on the end, and then turning to engage the catch with the thread in the original casting. All this has to be coordinated in such a way that you don't propel the ball bearing across the workshop and into a colleague!
We are purists when it comes to using parts that are original castings, this can however mean that decades of wear can reduce the threads on some of the cast detailing. This is not a problem however when Matt, engineer and range cooker craftsman is around. He had me drilling a hole, dead centre in the ash pit ball catch, so that it could then be secured from the rear of the back plate..
I was very proud indeed and relieved to complete this task, but then I needed to tap a new thread..
A very satisfying task feeling the tool engage. I am proud that this is what we do! Lovingly and patiently restoring details in a way that has integrity and longevity.
The proudest moment of my Blake & Bullcareer to date! I completely restored and prepped a Dark Pewter ash pit door, ready to go to it's new home.
I wonder what I will get to explore next, I would like to get my hands on a lid liner...