Last year, in the spring, Tom Kelleher gave me a gift of a wood handle from one of the apple trees that was trimmed at Old Sturbridge Village to use for my bake oven door. I couldn’t use it right away as it took a while to find the right wood for the door. I was looking for something already old, and with a good color. In the mean time Allan made me a temporary one that worked just fine, however did not have the look deserving of the old bricks used for the fireplace.
A few weeks ago Allan came across just the right wood and put together the new, old -looking door. The apple wood handle needed to be peeled of its bark and made smooth; however, Allan was careful not to remove the soft nutty brown color underneath. I love the color of the wood he used as it matched the handle so well. The handle itself is, well spectacular. I love the way it twists and has a place for your thumb as you remove the door. You can see by the pictures this is not an ordinary handle, this has character and movement. I think it sings of happy baking days and the warmth and aroma of the bread sliding out on the peel.
(Pictures from left and right to see the curve of the handle)
Thanks Tom for such a thoughtful gift. I will think of you each time I use the bake oven door. And Allan as always.
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” – Robert Browning