From the very beginning, Cecil Pond worked with his father Elmer on the development of what became known as the Wheel Horse tractor. Unlike many enterprises begun in a family garage, the development of their tractor revolutionized the care of America's fast growing post-war suburban lawns. Here was a tractor far from the farm, which delighted its user while easing his maintenance chores. Today, the Wheel Horse tractor is a prized collectible in addition to being a useful and necessary piece of equipment.
Straight from the Horse's Mouth: The Wheel Horse Story tells the fascinating story of the beginning of the Wheel Horse and its influence on the American lawn. Full of beautiful, color photographs on crisp, glossy pages, you'll learn the history of this classic machine, complete with vintage advertisements, personal memorabilia, and even an accompanying DVD. This final edition of Straight from the Horse's Mouth is perfect for vintage tractor buffs or any historian.
Order while you can! When this final edition complete with DVD is gone, it's gone!
Author: MICHAEL A. MARTINO
Cool Tools features a selection of the best tools, the cheapest, or the only ones available to do the job. This oversized book reviews more than 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are. Illuminating the possibilities contained in each item, the catalog serves as an education outside the classroom. The content was derived from 10 years of user reviews published at the Cool Tools website.
Author: Edited by Kevin Kelly
Continue to celebrate the world’s finest collection of early and historically significant internal combustion engines with Coolspring, Vol. 2. Featuring 39 different engines from Volume 1, this selection focuses on engines displayed in the five newest buildings at the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, Pa. The perfect companion to Volume 1, we hope the photos and stories shared in Volume 2 will fuel your daydreams until you’re able to make the pilgrimage to America’s finest antique engine museum.
Farm Conveniences and How to Make Them is a fascinating volume abounding in valuable hints and suggestions for the construction of homemade farming and homesteading devices. First published in 1884, it contains the best ideas gathered from farmers, and it teaches valuable lessons in rural economy. Filled with more than 200 engravings, the book includes information on how to build a milking shed, a dam, a sled for removing corn shocks, a variety of animal traps, gatepost braces, a log boat, cards, and many other instruments.
Also an everyday farming handbook, the volume provides instructions on how to use wastelands, prevent the washing of hillsides, harvest manure, dress meats, build shelters, and much more. As the preface sums it up, “Skill in the construction and use of simple labor-saving devices is of vast importance to the farmer, and any aid to the development of this manual dexterity is always welcome.” Learn how the creativity and precision that went into developing these handy devices equipped farmers of the past with the knowledge and tools to work efficiently.
Author: Byron D. Halsted
An essential agricultural text originally published in 1922, Farm Mechanics is a detailed but easy-to-understand manual outlining all the important aspects of working the land.
The guide is broken up into sections that cover every aspect of farm work, from woodworking and laying cement to farm machinery repair. Informative and easy to understand (with close to 500 illustrations and photographs), Farm Mechanics is both a historical reference for those interested in the history of agriculture and a commonsense tool that outlines essential agricultural skills.
For those who want to know more about the golden days of farming, there are plenty of details here to paint a vivid picture of early 20th century farming in the United States, accompanied by detailed photos and illustrations of farm equipment and practices in action.
But this isn’t just a book of theoretical practices for curious historians either. While some of the skills explained here seem inapplicable for modern use (most farmers no longer take the time to learn blacksmithing), other sections contain tools and advice that are still indispensable to the modern farmer (such as the passages on cement and concrete, or rope and harness work for farm animals).
Author: Fred Crawshaw & E.W. Lehmann
Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-saving projects fills this century-old guide to low-tech property maintenance along with easy-to-follow instructions and practical illustrations. Within the pages of this book you will learn to make:
Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition is a rare and engaging combination of nostalgic Americana and helpful instruction, sure to appeal to everyone inclined toward self-sufficiency and the country life.
Author: Rolfe Cobleigh
This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.
Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.
Author: HARRY C. RAMSOWER
Farm Collector put together two special editions dedicated solely to mystery farm tools and readers loved them, making the publications best-sellers. Continuing with the farm tool trend, Farm Collector has put together a two-book set dedicated to old-fashioned farm tools and implements, plus the skills and techniques to make them. This set includes nearly 400 pages of cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, and corn harvesters, along with how to make straight forming tools, re-flute worn cutters, grind curved surfaces, and more!
Old-Fashioned Farm Tools Set includes:
Turn-of-the-Century Farm Tools and Implements
Published in 1898, this trade catalog advertised tools, fertilizers, insecticides, and other essentials for the turn-of-the-century garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable, and household. Abundantly illustrated, it included approximately 680 black-and-white images. Within the catalog’s pages, you’ll find butter printers, cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, corn harvesters and huskers, root cutters, cider mills, veterinary remedies, and more.
When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers. With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
The practical, intriguing American devices contained in this handbook come from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay balers. Designed to speed and simplify everything from making your own butter to protecting drain outlets to organizing and storing tools, the easy-to-make mechanisms you’ll find here can be just as useful for today’s farmer as they were for frontier homesteaders.
Discover how to transform odds and ends—scraps of lumber from old building projects, leftover sections of barbed wire, the box spring sitting in the attic—into handy household implements. With the illustrated instructions here, you can make a movable nest for hens, a ribless boat, a contraption to extricate a mired animal, a farm cart with movable racks for larger roads, a wire fence tightener, a fruit picker, a grindstone set and frame, and much more. This book is perfect for the rancher, farmer, craftsman—anyone with a love of the rural life.
Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Old-Fashioned Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:
With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
Author: Franklin D. Jones
Here is the book that finally unlocks the secrets that professional restorers have been using for years. It explains critical (and previously closely held) restoration techniques in a way that even the most uninitiated can understand and follow. Chapters cover boring and edge tools, planes (wood, wood-bottomed and metal), measuring tools, saws and other miscellaneous tools, as well as information on cleaning and refinishing. The author explains how to make a bow for a bow drill, how to make wedges for planes, how to replace vials in levels, and literally hundreds of other such invaluable instructions.
Author: Herbert P. Kean
Beautiful New Paperback with over 150 illustrations tells the story of how grain storage began and elevators were invented. Includes sections on a variety materials used in the mid-west from the 1800s to today with many historic photos and 86 full color examples of these wonderful and fascinating buildings that are integral to our farm heritage.
About the author
Linda Laird was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She was always fascinated with the shapes of the grain elevators that define the horizon in that flat place. She became a historic preservation consultant and community planner, moved back to Kansas and married a John Deere loving, ex-farmboy from rural Reno County.
In 1992 the Kansas state legislature revised the tax code to include taxing the historic wooden elevators used primarily for storage or remaining empty. Many of the oldest wood frame elevators have been torn down or burned since then to avoid taxes. Laird and her husband, Larry Haney, were determined to at least photographically document each elevator in Kansas before the destruction was complete. They were encouraged by The James Marsden Fitch Charitable Trust, a New York foundation that provides mid-career grants to historic preservation projects. The grant allowed them to travel through the mid-west researching and photographing elevators in a multi-state area. This book is a product of that grant.
The original goal of photographing all of the elevators in Kansas was achieved in 2003 when over 1200 elevators had been photographed and documented in a searchable index. It is now possible for the first time to write a history of grain elevators in the state.
Laird's next book will focus on the historic significance of the documented elevators with attention to the various architectural styles and materials used in the continuous development of Kansas elevators.
Author: Linda Laird