Friday, September 18, 2009

Hay Fork

In 1986 a small building in the shape of an old gambrel roof barn was built in the back yard for storage and display of models and collected things. This was a common shape of a barn used a century ago to store hay. Although this barn will never be used to store hay, I thought that it would be neat to have a miniature Jackson type hay fork hanging from a trolley under the gable end like there would have been on the original barns, used to hoist loose hay up off the wagons through a big door and into the barn.
Last weekend that desire was fulfilled when I got a miniature fork hung up. The use of this type of hay handling was discontinued about 60 years ago when farmers switched over from putting hay up loose to bailing it.