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From Scratch: 1901

From Scratch: 1901

Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company. Moulding room." By the time we're done with this series, each of you will be fully qualified to make your own stoves. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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You know the old saying

"Give a man a stove, and he'll cook until the stove breaks. Teach a man to make a stove, and he'll cook for the rest of his life, as long as he has a fish, which was either given to him, in which case he'll eat for just a day (or maybe two if there are leftovers) or which he caught himself, in which case he'll eat for the rest of his life. Or maybe he'll just go into business selling stoves."

If you can't stand the heat

Stay out of the stove foundry.

I'll build a stove,

but someone else can cook dinner and clean up.

Oh the memories

I worked in a cast iron foundry back in the 80's HOT HOT HOT. Those are full iron molds in front and the glow on top is the 2,700 degree iron that was just poured in them. The molds are made of sand and you remove the casting by breaking the sand mold. The sand is then re-used for new molds. Remember those men are standing just feet away from something that is at least 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit so if you slip and fall on a mold the sand will break and you will likely die from the burns that would completely dissolve any body part touching it. We had a man fall into a molten vat once and no trace of his body was ever recovered.


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