by Becca Horan
This is the second story in our ‘DRV Love Stories’ series during the month of February – highlighting true love stories from the Dow Rummel community.
It all started in grandma’s attic. 65 years ago, Boyd Blumer was going through some things in his family’s attic when he came across an antique cast iron waffle maker that caught his eye. This unique waffle iron had a design of four separate hearts and was enough to spark an interest Boyd who would soon become a collector. It didn’t take long for Boyd to start this collection of unique cast iron waffle makers and today has 50 plus waffle irons in his collection!
Boyd explains that the antique cast iron waffle makers are a dying art with such unique detail in everyone. Boyd remembers a time when he came across a waffle iron that he just couldn’t refuse. It was a circular shape with five hearts and a star in the middle. Before consulting his wife Evelyn, Boyd purchased the waffle iron for $75 at a time when money was scare. Evelyn wasn’t happy with the extravagant purchase at first, but after Boyd began preparing waffles for her (especially on Valentine’s Day), Evelyn eventually forgave Boyd for the purchase and grew quite find of the waffle iron as well.
Boyd not only collected the waffle irons; he also became a top-notch waffle making expert. Boyd could explain the history behind each onbe, proper care, and even a tip or two about the waffle irons. In fact, there have been many articles written over the years of Boyd being referred to as ‘The Waffle Man’ and ‘Waffle Wizard’. Boyd has also passed down the tradition to his children. Evelyn and Boyd have four children and each has received a similar waffle iron with the same heart shaped waffle iron that started it all as a wedding gift. And so, the tradition carries on.
One thing is for sure, if you ever want to learn more about the cast iron waffle makers, or learn how to make the best waffles from an expert, Boyd Blumer is your man, ‘The Waffle Wizard’!
BOYD’S WAFFLES RECIPE
1-3/4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs, separated
Beat egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients; fold in egg whites. Makes 10 waffles.