Muscling Through Time: the Pasto Agriculture Museum

The Pasto Agriculture Museum at Penn State University is preserving artifacts that demonstrate the central role of muscle power, human and animal, in the history of farming.

agriculture museum - walnut wood sausage press
Recently refinished walnut sausage press. The hand crank turns a windlass that applies pressing power to the plunger through a line threaded on a series of sheaves to a lever. The mechanical advantage of the sheaved line and lever is many times the energy needed to turn the crank. The pressurized sausage mix is forced out through the short copper tube and into casings.
Farm Collector Magazine Staff