THE PASTRY workshop is finished. The final step, the installation of counters and a worktable, was done by an old carpenter we called Geppetto because his appearance reminded my child bride of Pinocchio’s pal.
Geppetto did much of the groundwork downtown at his shop. Then he and his son brought the bases here in a taxi pickup truck. The final work was done in two days, and we’re quite happy with it.
We had purchased about 15 feet of Formica at a building-supply store here in town.
Now we must move all related cooking gear from the house’s kitchen to this new space.
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You might recall that the solar water heater on the Hacienda roof was removed at about the same time the unrelated work on the pastry workshop got under way in November.
We purchased the heater four years ago, and it was never worth warm spit. This was surprising since it was manufactured by Rotoplas, one of the big names in Mexican plumbing gear. It had a 10-year guarantee and, to Rotoplas’ credit, they removed it and returned the full purchase price of 10,600 pesos.
So we bought a new one, slightly larger, made by another company, Solemex:
The hardware store manager told us they had sold just six of the Rotoplas heaters, and four were lemons. They’ve sold more than 25 of the Solemex and, he says, the owners are all contented customers.
Let us pray that we will be contented too. And it cost only 6,000 pesos.
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(For a blow-by-blow photo gallery of the workshop construction, go here.)
(For a taste of pastry production, go here.)