We had a visit from the inimitable Paul Moxon on Tuesday, with nearly a full day of maintenance performed on Dottie the Press. Paul is Mr. Vandercook, and the best expert on these old gals—he runs a great Vanderblog and travels around teaching and fixing and teaching some more.
As with most of these old machines, we continued to find things that needed tweaking and adjusting and repairing. Just as with an old house, it seems to take longer than you anticipate and never goes according to plan. You find yourself questioning whether things were set wrong many years ago in one fell swoop, or if they just shifted over many years of use and wiggling around in process.
We were thankful for his experience and expertise and problem-solving skills to set things right. So many tools, so much grease—this and gardening is why I never seem to have nice hands or clothes. I'm having so much more FUN, though. Maybe one day....
In the meantime, we've got a bit of cool gadget envy and a nice list of tools we'd like to acquire. Magnetic whatsits and measuring whosits and thingamabobs galore!