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Joe Zawadowski: Cast Iron Pup Collector, Turtle Champion, Wood Carver, Bog Hunter, Dog Judge, Skull Seeker

Joe Zawadowski: Cast Iron Pup Collector, Turtle Champion, Wood Carver, Bog Hunter, Dog Judge, Skull Seeker

Joe Zawadowski of Durham North Carolina is a very interesting fellow. I had wanted to go to see, learn, and write about Joe’s cast iron “pup” collection for quite some time, but the September 2018 visit that Linda and I made to Joe and Nancy’s […]

The Mystery of the Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle

The Mystery of the Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle

**Note: this post is not “done,” and will be updated as additional information is known. I know the cast iron collecting community is keenly interested in this pan, however, so have chosen to post now so that the photos may be seen and part of […]

The Lodge Manufacturing Company and its predecessor the Blacklock Foundry, South Pittsburg, Tennessee

The Lodge Manufacturing Company and its predecessor the Blacklock Foundry, South Pittsburg, Tennessee

The Lodge Manufacturing Company is the longest-running cast iron foundry in America. It is and has always been family-owned. Joseph Lodge started the company in 1896 in the small town (pop. ~3500) of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. His great-grandson Henry Lodge is the current CEO. Another […]

The Snuggle Pup Craze of the early 1920s

The Snuggle Pup Craze of the early 1920s

I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw something at Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home that completely enchanted me. A collection of “Snuggle Pups.” I must find one. Or three. Or six. Joe showed me an article about the creator of the Snuggle Pups, […]

A Unicorn for the Cast Iron Collecting World Has … Maybe/Probably … Been Found!

A Unicorn for the Cast Iron Collecting World Has … Maybe/Probably … Been Found!

A vintage Griswold grooved handle no. 10 small logo cast iron showed up on eBay a few weeks back. If authentic (and I think it likely is), it’s a unicorn in the cast iron collecting world. I am excited to be going out to Colorado to visit the […]

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Stumped about what to get for your friend/brother/sister/co-worker who is interested in cast iron cookware? Just need a little something for the holiday? Click on the link below to find personally curated ideas for you. I hope that you find my suggestions  helpful as you […]


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