I like a challenge #1: Another Cornsheller

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 12-24-2011 07:02 PM 4917 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone
You may remember that I did a complete restoration of a 1900 Hocking Valley cornsheller last year. That was a very interesting and challenging project and I enjoyed bringing back a little bit of history with the restoration. I did a video of the operation of the corn sheller and have received lots of comments from folks asking about the project. I recently received an e-mail from a gentleman in Mississippi who is interested in having me restore his cornsheller.
This is a Hocking Valley Improved 2-hole sheller made in the 1930’s. A little different but basically the same as far as the mechanics . Back in the 1930’s this unit sold for $59 and weighs 270 lbs. I asked the client for a little history about the cornsheller so here is the story:

Mike My daddy retired in 1996 and proceeded to purchase his dream retirement property in south Mississippi. The land he purchased had three old barns on it. The prior owner had cleaned out all the items that he wanted and told my daddy he could have anything left. As you can imagine, there was a lot of junk. In the cleaning out process, some old antique tools were found along with the cornsheller. Daddy quickly put it to good use. He grew corn and would have me and my small children come over to help him turn the crank and do the shelling. We would catch the corn in a 48 quart cooler and then take it to the grist mill for grinding. He was known to give out bags of fresh ground cornmeal for Christmas every year. Store bought cornmeal just doesn’t compare to the fresh ground taste of the grist mill cornmeal.

My daddy died in 2004. I drove the hour drive from my home to the old barn about a year later to try to find the old cornsheller. The trees and underbrush were so thick I could not get my truck close enough to load it. A few months ago, my brother called and said they were clear cutting trees near the old barn. I remembered the old sheller. I went to the old barn to see if the sheller was still there. After seven years of it sitting in the old barn, it was a sad sight to see. Part of the barn roof had fallen in on the sheller. I loaded the remains of the sheller in my truck and drove the one hour journey back home. The memories of my daddy and me and my now grown children swirled through my head. I felt bad that I had forgotten about the sheller and thus let it get in such bad shape.

Mike, you know the rest of the story. I found Woodworking Plus on the internet. I look forward to being the granddaddy that shells corn with his grandchildren. Who knows, you might even get a bag of fresh ground cornmeal from south Mississippi one day.


So he loaded it up on a pallet and sent it to me .
Here are a couple of pics of My Newest Challenge

Looks like fun to me!!!

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 08:10 PM

wow mike, that is truly a wonderful story the gentlemen told and the memories that are in that piece are to precious to let rust away, this will be a challenging project, but you have the experience and i look forward to seeing this come along, would you please do a blog on this, your a master at that, and i love seeing your work….good luck…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 08:16 PM

Great story and a wonderful project.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 12:43 AM

Can wait to see where you end up on this one.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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