Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mending Farm Tools at the Blacksmith Shop

Every tool that is used at the Lippitt Farmstead can wear and need mending. Some of the agricultural tools used with our horse and oxen at The Farmers' Museum have been in use since James K. Polk was President! At the Peleg Field's Blacksmith Shop, we use the same traditional metalworking methods to repair the farm equipment as was used in their original construction.

Recently, the seed roller was brought to the shop by our ox team Jigs and Buckwheat.  It had a broken metal bracket.  We removed the bracket and began repairs.
The broken bracket had new steel forge-welded in place.  Then the bolt holes were punched, and the bracket bent to the proper shape.  That should be as good as new!
Horse drawn farm equipment often had parts that deteriorated throug use and were designed to be replaced.  Unfortunately for us, sometimes the company that made the replacement part has been out of business for a century!  We can usually figure out how to make the needed part at the Blacksmith Shop.  Over the course of a year we have done major repairs on the plow and the seed roller, and smaller repairs on the spring tooth harrow, ox cart, and ox yoke.  This illustrates to us how necessary the Blacksmith would have been to a farmer in the 19th century.


  1. This style of seed roller was used when planting grain like winter wheat or rye. Since the grain was sown by hand the seeds were just sitting on top of the dirt. The roller pushed the seeds into the soil so they germinate, and also reduces the number eaten by the crows!

  2. This doesn't have anything to do with a seed roller but it is a intro guide to blacksmithing for any novices at this site, obv. the author does not need this


  3. Thaks for let talk about on 19th century's farming tools for cover crop farming.


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