hidden behind that big sliding door, giving him that rim lighting which makes him pop from the black background of the inside of the barn. Examining the detail of these stoves helps me understand why someone would bother restoring an old stove as opposed to just getting a new one. Steve breathes new life into stoves that were made over a hundred years ago as close by as Taunton. When compared to my anachronistic square box with lovely gold trim from Home Depot, it pains me to think that for a couple hundred dollars more I could have had a beautiful little potbelly (beside from the one I sport under my shirt) built in the same time period as my house, while at the same time helping a local artisan get rid of some inventory! Oh well. Regardless of what stove I'm using, I still have a lot of wood stacking to do, and maybe that will help get rid of a potbelly of my own.
You can read all about Steve and his stoves in this issue of Cape and Islands HOME .