Sunday, March 26, 2017

From Stove Pipes To Orchestral Tubes

For years, I've passed this place on Interstate 20 in Weatherford, Texas.  I never knew what it was because I could never read the sign on the side of the building but I knew it looked like a place I wanted to check out.

Well, recently, Ed and I were able to stop on our way back from Oklahoma to take a look. The name of the place is David's Stove Shop. Yes, they have stoves, lots of stoves, a whole stove section. And stove accessories. BBQ grills and smokers. And wood chips. And cooking utensils. And BBQ rubs and seasonings. And fire pits. And fireplace stuff. And the biggest selection of Lodge cookware I've ever seen in a store that isn't a Lodge outlet (an outlet which, by the way, I've never been to).  Ed was in heaven browsing.

But it's not just a stove shop.  It's got lots of other great stuff - patio furniture, metal garden and yard art, windmills, and 100 different styles of copper weathervanes.

They've got an entire wing of antiques, a lot of your regular fare but some really unusual products, too, like this typeset cabinet.

In addition to the metal products inside - everything from letters to animals to sports team products - they have these letters, in all sizes, in the outside area where some of the larger vintage items are located.  I'm definitely going back for one of these.  I just have to figure out where I'm going to put it.
One of the items I loved most, which I didn't get a close-up photo of because I wasn't really thinking about getting a picture of just them at the time, but if you notice the wind chimes hanging from the metal structure below...

They were AMAZING.

They are handcrafted, one at a time, in Austin, Texas by a company called Music of the Spheres.  The wind chimes come in 5 sizes (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and are precision tuned in 11 tunings (Pentatonic, Hawaiian, Quartal, Balinese, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Whole Tone, Aquarian, Gypsy and Nashville) and the Westminster, Contrabass and Basso Profundo are offered in one unique size and tuning

I have never in my life heard such beautiful sound from a wind chime.  It was like listening to one of those big pipe organs in a church.  It was soothing.  Beautiful.  Calming.  And some of them were the biggest windchimes I'd ever seen, tubes from 2 feet to five feet long.  The tubes are actually tuned to A440, a standard orchestral pitch, using modern technology.  Really impressive.

I told Ed that I want a set of these windchimes for my new back porch once it's built.  If I'm going to sit outside, I want an orchestra creating music by which I'll drink my coffee.

If you're in the area and you have a chance to stop, do it.  It's worth the time.  You can find them at 4019 Fort Worth Highway in Weatherford, Texas - Interstate 20, Exit 415.

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