Monday, July 21, 2014

Old Time Farming

Saturday there was a demonstration of old time farming methods in Shipshewana, so we went to see what they had.

Wait. Is it a steam train engine?

No, it's a thresher.

So is this.

The steam engine runs these belts, which in turn operate other machines. Like a saw mill.

In 2008 we volunteered at Oregon's White River Wildlife Refuge, where we had the opportunity to see the Dufur Threshing Days. You can read about threshing here.

Some of the old tractors in Shipshewana were very interesting.

Can you imagine how long it would take to build something if you first had to make the nails, one at a time?

How about pounding out a small coal shovel this way?

Here is an old washing machine powered by a gas engine. I'll bet there are people near Shipshewana who use a motor like this to run their clothes washer today.

1 comment:

  1. I went to one of those old equipment things and learned so much. Until then, I never thought of other uses for steam engines.