Erickson’s Antique Stoves
David Erickson was an industrial arts teacher at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown in the 1970s when he bought the old train depot, where he and a mentor planned to offer woodworking classes. The building had electric heat, which during the mid-1970s energy crisis was extremely expensive so David bought an ancient wood stove with plans to fix it up. A fellow teacher at the school who saw the stove in his shop swooned and asked Erickson to find a vintage stove for her.
David Erickson began restoring old stoves (along with the occasional old refrigerator and old sink) full time in 1980.
Erickson restores old stoves to their original condition, disassembling them and sandblasting the parts to clean away decades of rust and grime. He rebuilds parts and orders custom-made nickel plating from a foundry in Wisconsin.
Erickson jokes, “My customers always ask me if the ovens in my stove are self-cleaning, and I look them in the eye and say, ‘Yes, you clean it yourself.’ ’’
Erickson also breathes new life into stoves that are damaged beyond use, by adding new components, to allow them to work in new ways. David has taken a century-old stove and added a new cooktop and electric oven, hiding the controls behind a vintage door. For clients who want the beauty and elegance of one of these old stoves in their home, without burning wood, or coal, David will do a custom conversion so his client can simply turn a knob to cook with electric or gas. Erickson's Antique Stoves also makes custom, matching, period range hoods for these stoves when necessary.
Erickson’s Antique Stoves clients have included Ralph Lauren and Whoopi Goldberg.
Because our business hours are flexible, it is encouraged that anyone wishing to visit our shop makes an appointment before stopping by.
2 Taylor Street
Littleton, MA, 01460