When Men were Men, and Wood was King

(Stills from Episode 44)

During one outing in the Yarra Valley (driving to Warburton), I came across a field full of old rusting farm and forestry equipment.

A Field Museum

A Field Museum

One of the vehicles in particular gives an idea of how much harder it was to get things done back then – transporting a single log where these days 40 or more at a time is typical.

I took a few quick photos from the road, and decided to give them a bit of a dated feel to match the age of the equipment themselves.

An Aussie Ute

An Aussie Ute

Pimped out dragster

Pimped out dragster

Bigfoot

Bigfoot

B Double

B Double

Aussie Road Train

Aussie Road Train

The fence in that last photo is also very applicable – made by the traditional method of adze and pull-knife carved mortise and tenons.  Nothing like using machine-shaped timber when making a fence – this is definitely hand-made and hand-dressed-all-round.  Logs are typically split with axe and wedge to produce the rails.

Those carriage wheels are also the work of a real wheel wright, and one of the tools that we still use came from that specific application – the spoke shave.

2 Responses

  1. Try asking most blokes under 50 yrs old what a spoke shave is! I had that experience a few years back when I wanted another one when building the little wooden boat….. got lots of strange looks from the youngsters 🙂 It was the more aged persons at work that at least knew of them……. and yes, one still had one squirreled away in his shed that he kindly donated to the cause….. a really old one, made in England that worked far better than the new one I bought a couple of years earlier (same make) – Old can be good !

    But then again I am still using a bandsaw made circa 1938 !

  2. I haven’t a specific need at the moment, but if/when I do, it is possibly the next thing that I’ll buy from HNT Gordon Planes.

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