These cabinets were a labour of love: hand crafted, good old fashioned mortise and tenon joints, locally sourced & milled lumber, custom hand carvings, even the knobs and pulls are hand made.
If you are interested, I share some of the carpentry technique here. We do our best to have a small footprint, use local resources and support local crafters. This kitchen is for the most part home grown (other than the sink and faucet).
I have enjoyed being part of the process, learning about how cabinets are made (old school style) and watching it all come together. I think I appreciate them more because I know what went into each and every piece.
This little cupboard over the sink is where we are keeping coffee, tea, sugar and some spices. There are little hangers for bundles of herbs, the drawers have dividers to keep things organized and there is a little door that opens up to reveal this terribly placed outlet that we rarely use.
Spice drawer pulls. The screws were too shiny and new looking so the carpenter tossed them in a coffee can and stuck them in the wood stove for a while. Neat trick!
Close up of cupboard.
Spice pegs and cute little “secret door”.
The Left cupboards have shelves and one section has pull out trays. The doors are hand carved with our beloved raven.
Our beloved raven Wilfred.
The pull out trays. All of the shelves and drawers are made to withstand really heavy pots. We use mostly cast iron for cooking so we’ll never have to worry about sagging shelves or drawers.
There are three deep drawers on one side, one drawer and a pull out tray on the other. If you follow my blog you’ll know that this was originally two drawers but then we realized the plumbing ran across. In the end we had a new section built and the original two drawer cupboard is on the other side of the wood stove.
The Copper sink is hammered down over the edge of the counter. Copper is supposed to be antimicrobial. It’s nice a big which will be perfect for washing our big pots and carboys.
Here’s that pull our drawer. To avoid the pipes at the back I just put small/short items at the back of this tray and the tall stuff up front.
The cast iron wood stove finally looks like part of the kitchen. The top of this stove opens up so you have a cooking surface and warmers. We’ve also replaced that wobbly old kitchen island. The last touch is to add a few bar stools.
One last shot of the kitchen. Of course none of this would have been possible without the talented work of Kerry O’Toole. He is a passionate and talented carpenter, wood carver and artist. He is delightful and professional to work with. You can check out more of his work here and here!