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Old 02-07-2014, 10:20 AM
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Default Rooker - what was old is now new

I found a picture of an ash and coal rake from an 18th century technical encyclopedia from France Circa 1750.

They had a plate that showed a Baker's Rooker.

So I adapted the design and materials and came up with the items shown in the pics attached. I had enough steel to make two. One long for reaching way back and one for up front work and scraping into a dust pan.

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1 each 1 1/4 in X 1/8 in X 8 feet steel strap
1 each 1x1 x 36 in hardwood dowel
2 each -1/4 x 1 in bolt with nut and washer

Overall it is 54 inches
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:21 AM
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Some things you just can't improve on. Nicely done!
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:25 PM
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This is a plate from a 1730's encyclopedia from France. Different equipment used in a bake shop. I also posted this on the fire starting thread.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:18 PM
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Thanks for the post. I can see where it would work. I'll be trying one out for myself, real soon .
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:07 PM
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Is spring steel the same as strap steel? I would be interested in fabricating these also.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:18 PM
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Is spring steel the same as strap steel? I would be interested in fabricating these also.
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I used flat weldable steel, not spring steel. You should be able to pick it up at any metal retailer or hardware store.

Did the pics from the 18th century help?
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:32 PM
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I have some "mild steel" stock that would be easy to work with. After your original post, I had tried to Google "French oven tools", "rooker" etc. But, could not find it. The pic form the 18th century encyclopedia is golden .

Thanks again,
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:44 PM
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Try this video on YouTube. It shows a rooker in action.
Baked Beans - 18th Century Cooking Series at Jas Townsend and Son - YouTube
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:54 PM
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Yes, this helps a lot. I will be looking into this further once the weather warms up here. I definitely need a tool which can satisfy these needs. Thanks for the info on these rookers!!!

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Old 03-26-2014, 05:39 PM
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Thank's Michael,
This link that you pm'd did show a lot more of the rooker. It will definately be in my line up for the "first team" of tools .

Edit: Jas Townsend is a little deep for me on his historical reinactments and such but, he has a lot of great WFO videos and some very interesting history tied to his recipes!

Thank's again,
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