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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:57 am    Post subject: Pics, British/American Farmer Impression, 4th Qtr. 18th C. Reply with quote













A basic collection of farm tools;



-Wheel Barrow
-Linen field sack (large open top haversack, shown full of newly picked corn)
-Smaller grain/seed sacks
-Small Felling Axe
-Sickle
-Warren Hoe (shown helved)
-Cultivating Hoe (unhelved blade shown; I use one handle and interchange the two blades as needed)
-Wooden Fork
-Wooden Rake

Not Shown;
-Grubbing Hoe
-Period Shovel
-Dibble, line and stakes, for laying out rows
-Tomahawk
-Corn Knife
-Scythe Blade
-Froe
-Switchel Jug

Needed;
-Snathe
-Large period Felling Axe
-Pruning Knife
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright!!! Looking good.

IW

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Nice, Jim! By the way it works now!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, gentlemen.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I REALLY need to make a new hay fork.

Need a pruning knife, eh? I have been working on getting a nice folding one like you see in a lot of french images... for the apples, grapes, and etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I have been using a rigid version for a while! Plus I need a small wheel for my wheel barrel?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We discussed this some time back didn't we?









Yep, it wouldn't be too difficult to make one of these, with the right tools. I have yet to see one offered by any of the smiths at the events I've done, and I've been looking. (Hint to the Blacksmiths.)


I've also found several modern makers of these knives.....

http://www.frenchgeneralstore.com/gifts/opinel_garden.html

http://www.eknifeworks.com/webapp/eCommerce/product.jsp?range=31&SearchText=Opinel&Mode=Text&SKU=OP113110

http://premiumknives.com/ShopSite/Opinel_OP10_Pruning_Knife.html

http://www.outdoorgb.com/p/opinel_pruning_knives/

http://www.worldknives.com/products/horticultural-grape-hook-harvesting-knife-gh1-1552.html

(I'm not recommending these as part of a historical presentation, but I do find it interesting that the blade pattern and functionality has come down to us virtually unchanged. An oft-overlooked living fossil of sorts, I suppose.)


And here are some pretty impressive historical repros on this site;

http://www.woodsmithstore.co.uk/shop/Products/Tools/Billhooks/
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wagon, cart and wheel barrow wheels....here's a place out of Mansfield Ohio....

http://www.amishwares.com/site/1504461/page/45031

No shortage of wheels from online merchants, and the wheel barrow sizes generally run around $60-$65.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacAdams was making me one, but I have not heard from him lately. With as nice of french folders as Ken Hamilton and Randy Wolf make, I would imagine either of them would be up to the job.

Wheels... I have a couple coming from Karl that match the ones on my current cart!!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name dropper. ; )

I thought Karl only made straw hats, canoes and barrels. Quite an all around talented guy, huh? And yep, I think Ken Hamilton and Randy both would turn out a real good tool.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might have to see if I can hurt myself, switching mine to a folder?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl didn't make them, they are old wood hubbed ones. My original two came from him on a trade and this is another from that batch.

Speaking of tools... I took the tip of my thumb off with my billhook yesterday. I am missing a good portion of my thumbnail and some good flesh... sorta sucks but heck... it is a good billhook and holds an edge!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch! Now there's an immersion experience.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where can one find an axe like you have in the cart.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure. It's a large hammer pole tomahawk head that I helved with a mallet handle, and I got it in trade at an event several years ago from a fellow that claimed to have found an old crate of them in a warehouse in Wisconsin. How old it is I don't know, but it has an "X" maker's mark stamped in it, and there are no visible tooling marks or any sign it was cast. It also rings like a tuning fork when driving stakes, which is something I've never seen in anything but top grade hammers and anvils.
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