You remember my slow cooker? The one I broke? Twice? I really didn't want to buy a new one, because I had already done that once and it's important to me to make things last. (Evidence: My husband's car has 175,000 miles. My car, "the new one," has 95,000 miles, and we aren't considering a car purchase anytime soon.) Before I replaced my cooker, I got in touch with Brenton Sadreameli of Mr. B's Sustainable Glassworks, known for their authentic bottleneck guitar slides and other sustainable glassware.
I took my chipped slow cooker liner down to his shop and Brenton went right to work. He told me his plan — something involving sanding, ceramic paint and a kiln — but I wasn't really listening, because I was doing my best not to let the two seven-year-old assistants who came with me destroy anything.
The shop is full of wine and liquor bottles, supplied to Mr. B by "restaurants, bars and winos" right here in Columbia, South Carolina. My assistants were intrigued by the bottles as well as the power tools. I escorted them to the plant nursery next door, which seemed safer.
When we returned, Brenton — a perfectionist — asked if he could keep the liner an extra day. He wanted to improve on his original fix and sculpt a spout into the liner. Conveniently, I had cracked the corner, which made this an excellent idea.
Now that I am the proud owner of a custom Mr. B's Sustainable Glassworks slow cooker, I've since made duck stock, and the new spout made straining it a lot easier. Bonus: When Brenton delivered the liner, he also fixed a broken door in our home. This guy is a good friend to have.
In theory, I would rather have something fixed than buy a new one. These days, that isn't always practical. Either no one knows how to fix it, or the repair costs more than a replacement. I keep meaning to take a few classes in small electrics, carpentry and auto repair, but I never quite get around to it.
Visit Mr. B: Mr. B's Sustainable Glassworks in Columbia, South Carolina
How far will you go to fix something? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you call on friends and professionals?