Michigan couple's antique collections put it all together.
Above: The beautiful finish on this John Deere Model AW is the result of months of hard work. The tractor has the 42-inch rear wheels that were installed after the Hi-Crop version was discontinued in 1947.Left: The dash finish on Bob’s John Deere Model AW is every bit as smooth and shiny as the glass in the gauges.
Left: A farm-made grain wagon with running gear and wheels from old truck parts has found new life in the McCausey garden.
Above: Bob saved this Model L from donating its critical organs to a homemade tractor project.Left: Bob assembled this Fairbanks-Morse engine from a pile of parts, and smoothed its surfaces before applying the finishing touches. The nicely contrasting truck rails were cut from a wild cherry log.
Above: The McCauseys found this beautifully weathered tobacco transplanter near Pall Mall, Tenn. Lichens now grow on the thigh-rests in front of the seats where laborers once sat as they placed tobacco seedlings into the furrow by hand.Top left: When he finished the restoration of this Meade Mighty Mouse crawler, Bob didn’t have the heart to drive it, so he built this aluminum trailer, allowing him to take it to shows without ever having to load or unload it.Left: This old cistern pump’s chains and cups no longer reach below the surface for water.
Left: Often called flax wheels, foot-treadle-powered spinning wheels such as this aged horizontal bobbin and flyer model are among Jo’s favorites.Above left: This relatively evolved butter churn employs dasher paddles mounted on the crankshaft that literally beat the butter out of the cream.Above right: This treadle-powered grindstone, now out to pasture at the McCausey estate, is only one of many such devices that now find firm footing in the garden.Right: Early American farms used covered wooden firkins such as these to store lard, butter, sugar and other foodstuffs.