The Corn Shock Tier

Before combines and mechanical pickers, shock tiers were used to gather corn stalks for later use

An 1860 patent for a shock tier
An 1860 patent for a shock tier. The pointed stick (A) is thrust into the shock; the rope (D) is carried around the shock and secured by the hook (E) through a knot (F). The handle (C) is used to turn the crank (B), winding the rope until it is tight around the shock. The handle (C) is pushed into the corn stalks to hold the tension and the shock is tied with rye straw, corn stalks or twine. The handle (C) is then pulled out to release the tension, the rope is unhooked and the whole device is withdrawn from the shock, ready to tie the next one.