No (for some of the younger) this is not a post about talking to some un-likable person by hand. It’s about separating cereal grain from the (ripe) dry plant in a manner in many areas prior to 1955 and in some places well into the 1970s.
My Uncle Sam cut and bundled about 8 acres on the front of the field next to his house and my cousins and their children stooked (standing the bundles up so they will continue to ripen and dry) it. With the help of many friends who also have heavy draft horses and some wagons a threshing was held on
Here are a few pictures from the day.
There was also a team of tough little Fjords there hauling children (and the occassional adult) around but for some reason that picture does not want to down-load.
A couple of hard working volunteers feeding the threshing machine.
Sam's Oliver 88 powering the threshing machine with little effort
Sam Roberts and his team heading for the field and another load of bundles
Having just hauled a load of oats to the grainary
Sam Roberts and Gordon Meek
1928 "General Motors Truck" almost finished restoration - and the usual cell phone interruption but they did help to record the event.