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Stockpot and Two Smoking Barrels: A Rustic Kitchen in a Shepherd’s Hut in England

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Stockpot and Two Smoking Barrels: A Rustic Kitchen in a Shepherd’s Hut in England

December 22, 2017

The idea for Stockpot & Two Smoking Barrels, a rural kitchen in Wiltshire, England, arose, fittingly, over a campfire. Passing the time in the rambling fields of Wiltshire, George Winks, the designer and craftsman behind Temper Studio, and Chris Wheatley-Hubbard, owner of Four Feathers Rural Courses, had the idea to convert an old shepherd’s hut in Wheatley-Hubbard’s barn into a mobile kitchen. Wheatley-Hubbard wanted something he could bring into the fields for his outdoor workshops, where participants could learn to forage, hunt, carve, cure, and cook over an open fire; Winks, for his part, wanted to take on the design of the space itself. “As is often the case when likeminded humans sit around campfires, they got to talking, and out of talking tends to come ideas, most of which are rubbish and by morning forgotten,” the story goes. “Sometimes, however, an idea refuses to be forgotten and the humans happen to possess all the required materials, skills, facilities, and naivety to turn it into a real thing.” The result: Stockpot & Two Smoking Barrels (a play on Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the English caper film), with rustic elements and efficient storage. Here’s a look.

Photography by Emma Lewis.

After

The kitchen, formerly a shepherd&#8
Above: The kitchen, formerly a shepherd’s hut (a portable structure that originally provided shelter for the shepherd during lambing time, metal wheels included) merges indoors with out. Winks removed an entire side wall of the hut and replaced it with bifold doors that open outwards. The main prep counters face outwards, towards the fields, to maximize the view while cooking or butchering. The custom cabinets can be opened from either side.
Winks was &#8
Above: Winks was “keen to demonstrate that a rural setting does not necessitate a rustic or twee aesthetic,” Temper Studio says. He took inspiration from Shaker design and “his love of simple precision, restrained color, and clean space.” A Norwegian woodstove by Jøotul provides warmth, even on wet and cold English days, and “cooks breakfast and coffee beautifully in the winter months.”
Taking a nod from the Shakers, Temper Studio custom-built smart storage fittings for the peg rails, such as this small shelf for cookbooks, tea, and cooking tools.
Above: Taking a nod from the Shakers, Temper Studio custom-built smart storage fittings for the peg rails, such as this small shelf for cookbooks, tea, and cooking tools.
Bundles of firewood, for the woodstove, and &#8
Above: Bundles of firewood, for the woodstove, and “a useful bit of rope” hang from the pegs. Beneath is a pile of pelts and blankets for chillier outings. The stool is Temper Studio’s Plane Stool.
The hut doesn&#8
Above: The hut doesn’t have a sink; instead, Winks designed a hatch for a steel bucket. Water can be heated on the stove for “washing-up” and, when not in use, the bucket is concealed beneath the counter.
Wheatley-Hubbard prepares a hot drink in an iron kettle, hung over the fire. (For similar outdoor cooking stands, see  Easy Pieces: Open Fire Cook Stoves over on Gardenista.)
Above: Wheatley-Hubbard prepares a hot drink in an iron kettle, hung over the fire. (For similar outdoor cooking stands, see 10 Easy Pieces: Open Fire Cook Stoves over on Gardenista.)
Lunch, outdoors.
Above: Lunch, outdoors.
The surrounding Wiltshire fields.
Above: The surrounding Wiltshire fields.
Winks (in the yellow hat), Wheatley-Hubbard, and Jasper (his terrier) outside the kitchen.
Above: Winks (in the yellow hat), Wheatley-Hubbard, and Jasper (his terrier) outside the kitchen.

Before

The shepherd&#8
Above: The shepherd’s hut, before. Photograph courtesy of Temper Studio.

N.B. Interested in partaking in workshops at the kitchen? Check back at Four Feathers Rural Courses for upcoming offerings (including, we’re told, a new collaboration between Temper Studio and Four Feathers, with skills including building a smoker, making charcoal, and “building small structures”).

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Counter & Bar Stools

PLANE Stool

£105.00 GBP from Temper Studio

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