Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Old Scythe

My Dad was visiting last week and he and the kids decided to do a little barn clean-up. It really needed it! They uncovered many forgotten tools, and discovered and played with random items left in the barn. There was a broken mirror and they took it out to see how far the mirror could reflect sunlight. The light went more than 800 feet! An old piece of garden hose was used as a siphon to move water out of a bucket.

One discovery was of an old curved wooden scythe that belonged to my great grandfather at the turn of the last century. We took the scythe out to our very tall and bushy cover crop and the kids tried to see if they could cut 'hay' out of it. Here are some pictures.

After looking at scythes online I noticed that the handles should have been 90 degrees from each other, not at the same angle, and that perhaps they were a little too close together. The middle handle was a bit loose and was sliding on the shaft. Next time we will position it in the right place and tighten it up. We did wind up with a little bundle of fresh green 'hay'. Here is an old-tyme style photo for fun.


Lisa Nalbone said...

I love your posts and photos. How great to have a Grandpa who can visit and do things with the kids.

Nina said...

We do really enjoy our visits with Grandpa. Thank you for the nice feedback and for visiting our blog.