One such person is Nick Stein, a Martha enthusiast and a reader of this blog. Nick is a young university student from San Lorenzo, California, who took it upon himself to recreate this spice rack. He was so impressed by the results that he began to make more and has since created an Etsy shop where shoppers can buy or commission a spice rack that is almost identical to the original Martha by Mail version - continuing the legacy! Nick makes them out of maple, oak, poplar, mahogany and (coming soon) cherry wood.
Here are a few words from Nick about the spice rack:
"Being a huge fan of jadeite gives me an interesting superpower. I can spot that milky green hue from a mile away. I don't even stop at garage sales, I do a drive-by, looking for that particular shade to catch my eye. This power was activated when I was watching an old episode of MSL. I saw some jadeite custard cups sitting on a very interesting spice rack. And from then on I knew I had to have that same rack. I scoured the internet and discovered Martha by Mail (I was late to the party) and David's blog Good Things By David. His post about the spice rack and its details made me realize that I could have one too! And I could build it! I used some computer software to draw up a plan and bought some lumber. I love the simple lines of this piece. It's so sturdy and heavy and functional. It totally cleaned out my horrid spice cabinet too! I now will make them for anyone that wants a piece of Martha by Mail in a style as true to the original as possible! I offer many wood types, painted or stained, and the spice tins as well including custom labels! Each piece is slightly unique and a lot of time is spent making it as perfectly as possible."
I've heard from at least one buyer of Nick's spice rack and she was very impressed by the craftsmanship and quality. As an added bonus, Nick also sells the metal spice tins in sets of 30. For an added cost, you can have custom labels printed on them. Have a look at his work, below, and please visit his Etsy shop, BayCustomCrafts, to learn more about these items and how to order! I often wonder who made Martha's original antique spice rack all those decades ago. If he only knew how famous and sought-after his simple but beautiful design would become.
Nick's spice rack holds 30 tins. He sells the tins separately and will make custom labels for you for an added cost.