Friday, April 17, 2009

Lippitt House Oven Door

The Lippitt Farmhouse brick baking oven received some repair over the winter. This oven is built into the brick fireplace of the house, and is heated by burning wood. The repairs returned the door opening to an earlier shape. The oven now needed a new door, which was made at the blacksmith shop.

The door is simply a steel plate with legs. The most interesting part of it is the handle, which reflects the door handles used within the house. I am looking forward to seeing the return to use of a hearth and oven over 180 years old. The Lippitt Farm staff are eager to put it back into use for demonstrations. They make bread, biscuits, pies, and tarts. If I am really lucky, they will bake a cake and share it with the blacksmith!

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