Early-Day Sickle Bar Grinders Salvaged

Collector closing in on complete set of sickle bar grinders

| May 1999

Gailey Henderson is a man on a mission. He's closing in on a complete set of the farm memorabilia he collects. For some, the search for the final six or so pieces would become a, uh, grind. But for the collector known as "the Grinder Man," the hunt continues to be a lark. 

Gailey, who lives in Williamstown, W.Va., collects sickle bar grinders once used to sharpen the bar on horse-drawn mowing equipment.

"I have 50 altogether," he says, "and I know of at least six more that I don't have."

His oldest piece was made before the turn of the century. The grinder's heyday was from roughly 1900 to 1940.

"When electric side grinders came in," he says, "these went out of fashion real fast."

His collection started as the result of a chance question from a friend 13 years ago.


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