The weird and the wonderful
Posted by Bethany Green
Posted May 06, 2017
Barry Smith’s portable display features everything you never knew you wanted sitting in your kitchen, but suddenly feel you desperately need.
Corn cobbers, raisin pippers, marmalade cutters, nutmeg grinders, butter churns, and all-in-one apple corer, peelers and slicers - Barry Smith’s portable display features everything you never knew you wanted sitting in your kitchen, but suddenly feel you desperately need.
Before he was a curator of kitchenwares, Mr Smith was a farmer. Now retired, he has put on a display at Agfest for several years - each time featuring a different kind of homewares.
“I’ve done small engines, sewing machines, a dairy display, and a laundry display,” said Mr Smith. “This year I’m doing kitchen memorabilia – I do something different every year.”
“My wife started collecting homewares about 40 years ago, she really had an eye for all this kind of stuff.”
Mr Smith’s collection features several pieces dating back to the 1860’s, and seems to include every weird and wonderful kitchen gadget under the sun.
“I’ve got everything that has a handle on it and winds over,” he said.
“A lot of people don’t know what a raisin pipper is, or have never actually seen one before,” he said.
Mr Smith’s newest addition to his kitchen collection is the master corn cobber.
The nifty little gadget is lined with multiple little knobs that strip all the corn off the cob as it passes through.
Mr Smith has brought a new display to Agfest each year, so patrons can look forward to another fantastical range of homewares in 2018.