Top left (inset): Loading the rock crusher at Tuckahoe.
Left: The Harvey family’s shingle mill is a workhorse at the Tuckahoe show. “We run poplar, cypress and pine through it,” Eric Harvey says. “Originally they ran eastern white pine through it.”
Above: This well-restored 1939 Caterpillar D-8 is owned by Yarnell Wastler, Frederick, Md. (shown here with his stepson, Luke Warfield). “There was not a lot of yellow paint on it when I bought it,” he says wryly. Restoration work included overhaul of the big engine and pony motor, and rebuilding the pump and injectors. The 135-hp D-8 takes Yarnell back to his youth. “When I was 16, I ran one to clear a horse ring in the mountains, and I thought it was the biggest thing on earth,” he says. “It was big and lazy and clumsy but it was the biggest thing available then. They called them slide bar 8s. Cat offered one with a pulley on the back (to pull a sawmill), but it’s rare to find that, so I put a pulley on mine.” The model was produced from 1935 to the early 1940s. Caterpillar was the featured line at this year’s Tuckahoe show.
Right: Allen and Judy Thomas with part of Allen’s vise collection.
Above: Vices of all sizes often include anvils.
Right: Machine shops come in every size at Tuckahoe, from this tiny model to a full-size exhibit in the Rural Life Museum on the club grounds. Hobbyist Edward Ross (left, Denton, Md.) is revisiting his childhood with this operation. As a boy, he received a model steam engine as a gift from a relative. He was thrilled; his mother was not. “Back to the store it went,” he recalls with a rueful smile.
Above: This “TOWN” brand fits on to a self-heating branding iron, such as those used to mark lumber at lumber yards. The branding irons and soldering irons are fairly hard to come by, says George Murray, and range in price from $10 to $150. The self-heating units operated with combustible cartridges and firing pins.
Right: An auto torch. George Murray restores some of those in his collection, depending on condition when he finds them.
Left: Horace and Norma Potter with their “show on wheels.”
Above: Working as well today as when it was manufactured, perhaps a century ago, this peeler was put to work at the Tuckahoe show. At least one of Judi Coleman’s peelers, equipped with a smaller wheel, also peels peaches.
Far left: Belting up the Frick Eclipse that powers the shingle mill.
Below: Cream separators were once a staple in the farm kitchen. Judi Coleman’s collection includes very nice original units, complete with cleaning racks for the separator discs, wrenches and oil cans.
Left: Junior Bradley and Judi Coleman, collectors of everything from apple peelers to tractors.