Craftsman recreates the farm equipment of his youth by working in wood.
Melvin Ehlert with his handmade Farmcrest 8 seeder, a complicated project.
Melvin’s Cockshutt 50 has a wide-front design.
Though this manure spreader sports the Farmcrest decal, Melvin made it to represent all seeders sold by Gambles, including Galloway and Cockshutt brands.
Farm implements Melvin made hang on the wall in his toy room: from left, a hay bucker, harrow wood drag, corn marker and stone boat.
Melvin’s flare box wagon and hayrack are drawn by a team of horses.
The hitch on the back of Melvin’s Gambles Farmcrest 30 can be moved into several positions.
When Melvin saw a farm sled like this at a toy show in Sauk Centre, Minn., he was inspired to make one himself. Note the miniature nuts and bolts.
Parts like the oil filter and lights for the Ferguson 30 were made from common items such as dowels.
Melvin’s first brand-name tractor that moved under its own power was this Gambles Farmcrest 30 model.
The Teeswater Cockshutt 30 (foreground) does not have the correct configuration of steering wheel as does Melvin’s Gambles Farmcrest 30 (rear). Though the names are different, the tractors are supposed to be identical.
From top: A close-up of the Ferguson 30; the PTO on the Ferguson 30 actually works; the hood on the Ferguson 30 model opens.