Wade Farmyard Figurines

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Glass Slag Roosters

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This is something new for me – I came across an adorable Rooster made of glass. The strange thing was that the glass looked marbled with different colors and I was told that it’s because it was made with the glass left over from the melt at the end of the day.

FarmYard Folk Art

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Throw Pillows

There is one quick way to change the look of your lounge, dining room or bedroom – and that is to add new, fresh throw pillows.

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Throw pillows don’t need to be expensive – but they quickly update a tired room and can bring a real sparkle to your decor.

Longaberger Baskets – Three Generations of Basket Making

By Beverly Sugarman

Anyone who is interested in baskets has probably heard of the Longaberger Company, a leader in the manufacture of handcrafted baskets. Started by J. W. Longaberger and carried on by his granddaughters Tami and Rachel, the company makes maple wood baskets that are a must-have item for any basket collection.

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J. W. Longaberger started his career as an apprentice basket maker in 1919 at the Dresden Basket Company that was located in Dresden, Ohio. During the Depression of the 1930s, the factory closed, but J. W. continued his craft from home. He and his wife Bonnie Jean eventually saved enough money to buy the old building, and Longaberger baskets came into existence.

The company itself was started by Dave Longaberger, J. W.’s son, who ran it until his death. It was Dave’s idea to make the corporate headquarters something that people would remember. When driving down State Route 16 in Newark, Ohio, people are amazed to see a huge building that is shaped like a Longaberger Medium Market Basket. Dave had planned to have all the company buildings built in this style, but died before any of the others were started. His daughters, Tami and Rachel, decided against the unconventional architecture.

Longaberger baskets have long been sold by representatives at home, much like Avon and Tupperware. While sales were high in the 1980s and 1990s, they have recently declined. Plans are underway to begin selling these baskets online.

As well as basket making, the Longaberger Company has become a popular tourist spot. When traveling in the area, you can visit the Longaberger Homestead and Basket making Campus, which is located in Frazeysburg, Ohio. You can take a tour of the company itself as well as shopping at the Longaberger Factory Store. There is also a workshop that will allow you to make your own basket. Throughout the summer months, there are two celebrations that the company sponsors. One is the American Summer Celebration that is held in early June. The 4th of July celebrations are impressive as well.

The company also owns the Longaberger Golf Club, which is one of the top golf courses in the country. Due to its location in the hills of southeastern Ohio, this course can prove to be challenging to the most avid golf enthusiast.

You can also tour the headquarters of Longaberger, “The Great Basket” itself. The building is seven stories high and the offices are designed around an atrium that is 30,000 square feet. The Basket handles have replica copper and wooden rivets and are heated to prevent ice from forming on them during the Ohio winters. The Basket even has two Longaberger tags on the side of it, each measuring 25′long and 7′ tall. Weighing 725 lbs. a piece, these tags are 3′ thick and can stand up to the ravages of time.

If you are a basket enthusiast and have a couple days to spare, you should plan a trip to the Longaberger Factory. It is an experience that you will not soon forget.

We have baby gift baskets that are cute and practical. Perfect for the newborn and new moms. For more information, visit this article on baby gift baskets.

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Wyatt Earp – Barber Shop Chair

Wyatt Earp Barber Chair

Antique Barber Chair

This Antique Chair was sold recently on eBay – and I love the idea that when you are buying an antique you are buying a slice of history.  According to the auction listing,

Tombstone A.T. adjustable barber chair and stool, upholstered in cowhide, chair with letters ”Tombstone A.T.” carved in headrail, ”Tombstone” carved in front splat, oval metal tag ” Geo. W. Archer Rochester N.Y. Patented”, adjustable seat angle via cast metal aparatus marked ”Patd Sept 4 1860 March 17 1874”, 46”h x 23”w x 29”d, stool 27”h x 17”w x 19”dA GREAT PIECE OF AMERICANA AND THE OLD WEST. THIS CHAIR IS A SHOW STOPPER

EVERYONE THAT HAS COME INTO THE STORE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IT IS AND THE HISTORY.

NO AMERICAN COLLECTION OF THE OLD WEST IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THIS CHAIR.

REDONE WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, BUT THE HEADREST IS MISSING.THIS CHAIR WOULD HAVE BEEN IN TOMBSTONE WHEN WYATT EARP WAS SHERRIF. A GREAT PIECE OF ARIZONA HISTORY. PLEASE EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. LOCAL PICKUP ONLY.

Even now, it makes me shiver to think that I could have bought something with such a link back to the “Wild West”.

Antique Farm Tools

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Working with Grain Buckets

By Caron J Rose

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Grain buckets are used to handle grain. They are large steel devices that can be driven into a pile of grain in order to scoop up a large quantity of it. The bucket can be attached to a mechanical loader that can lift up the bucket and transport the grain to another place. The bucket usually has a tipping mechanism, or the loader does, and in this way the grain can be tipped out on to another area, or into the container body of a truck for transport.

Made of mild steel plate, grain buckets are usually around 5 millimetres in thickness. They can be designed to hold different capacities, depending on needs. The buckets have reinforced leading edges to enhance and prolong the working lifetime of the unit. The inside of the bucket also has a stiff bracing part to prevent unnecessary bending and warping. Underneath the bucket there are steel wearing strips, which also provide a degree of rigidity, as well as prolonging the working life of the bucket. The wearing strips, reinforcement and bracing parts are welded in place.

A fixing bracket is attached to the back of the bucket to allow its attachment to a mechanical loader or telescopic handler. The bracket is usually adjustable to allow fixing to a range of loaders and handlers.

Grain buckets are not usually built for heavy work. Unlike the type of bucket used in a quarry where rock and rock aggregate is moved, these buckets are of lighter construction. However, it is possible to have a kind of all-purpose bucket where digging teeth can be attached when needed. These buckets are usually built from thicker steel plate, and they have extra bracing and wearing strips added.

The buckets can also be designed for use with a mast-type forklift. These have their own tipping mechanism that can be driven through the forklift’s own hydraulic system. If high tipping is required, a bucket is available that allows this through an undercarriage that is pivoted by means of a double acting hydraulic ram to achieve additional loading height.

This article is contributed by Caron Rose, writing on the subject of agricultural machinery and fabrication. Visit the Murray Machinery website to find out more about the wide range of standard and custom made grain buckets, bale handlers and tractor loader attachments available.

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Applique Quilt

Applique Quilt

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Antique Butter Churn

Antique Butter Churn

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