I've been steadily involved in the cast iron community for several years now. I've focused primarily on the 19th century cookware, and within that primarily griddles, with skillets being a fairly close second. That culminated in the publication of the project I cooked up more or less immediately after becoming enthralled with cast iron--The Cast … Continue reading Calling All Cast Iron Kooks
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The State of the ‘Spin, January 2023
I have to start this post with a sincere apology for the radio silence over the last few months. If you've kept up with social media, you know that we ran into a big snare with our immigration status in Germany and chose to head back rather than allow our savings to dry up completely … Continue reading The State of the ‘Spin, January 2023
Weird Wild World
Pedal Powered Anthropology occupies a strange niche within the broad spectrum of what can be considered academia. My focus during my undergrad was biological anthropology, and I had spent over a decade studying it before even starting school for it. And then within that umbrella, my focus, such as there can be one at that … Continue reading Weird Wild World
A Little Bit o’ Barstow, All Night Long
Cast iron isn't the majority of my existence as it was about a year ago, but I'm still at it, only I'm more concerned with contribution over collection.
Almost but Not Quite Crazy— a Wee Bit on Cast Iron Repair
This post goes over cast iron repair, using my own success and failure as examples, as well as considerations to make before deciding whether or not to repair at all.
Crazy for Cast Iron Part 5: Griddle Me This
Infatuation with yet another griddle has led down a rabbit hole of the changing face of industrial production in the years immediately following the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Crazy for Cast Iron Part 4: Not So Fast, Krone Kast!
UPDATE! This saga may be approaching its resolution! If this is your fist time here, you picked a good time to find your first Krone Kast piece. If you've been here before, the May 2022 update is towards the end. This post is a bit different than the others, in that the rabbit hole down … Continue reading Crazy for Cast Iron Part 4: Not So Fast, Krone Kast!
Crazy for Cast Iron Part 3: There’s No Place Like Home
From its humble origins getting annoyed with my 73lb modern skillet to my first rummaging expedition to the Rhode Island Antiques Mall, it’s safe to say that my enthusiasm for cast iron cookware has gone from confused to thrilled to unhinged to genuinely passionate. Getting into this hobby, you learn a few things very early … Continue reading Crazy for Cast Iron Part 3: There’s No Place Like Home
Crazy for Cast Iron Part 2!
After finding a peculiar cast iron bowl at the Rhode Island Antiques Mall, I set out to try and identify it using my fledgling knowledge of cast iron cookware.
Crazy for Cast Iron
Cast iron cookware has a weird...almost mythological status. I don’t mean that to be dramatic, it’s just that they’d always seemed somehow on the periphery of my awareness, up on this pedestal of magical cooking savvy. Every so often a friend would be cooking with one and I’d wonder what the fuss was about. I … Continue reading Crazy for Cast Iron