We started at 7am and our good friend, retired Game Warden, Dutch Oven Camp Cook and Cookbook Author, Butch Welch came up to help. What a life saver.
If it's old, especially if it has anything to do with cast iron or old west, Butch is full of information. Not only did we completely take the wagon apart to clean it, but we got a history lesson on almost every hand-forged inch of it. He told us about the wood, the hand-forged wrought iron and every pin and nail. It was actually great fun. Butch, only you could have actually made this nasty project fun!
All we have left is the box. Before we put it all back together we'll give it a good scrubbing with dawn dish soap.
What a wonderful adventure this was!
Oh, and I'm going to go buy a kiddie pool today and we're going to soak the wooden wheels for a few days to get them back to fitting as tight in the iron bands as they were years ago. Butch is helping with that too. By next weekend we should have our kitchen island put all back together!