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A man sharpening his cradle scythe while cutting wheat.
A man sharpening his cradle scythe while cutting wheat. The fingers on the cradle caught the stalks; a skilled cradler could put enough cut stalks on top of the stubble to make a sheaf. This gavel of grain stalks was then gathered up and tied into a sheaf with a few wisps of grain before being stood up into shocks, or stooks as they were sometimes called.
From The American Thresherman, July 1929