An Ancient Loom & A Red Corn Sheller

A long time family acquaintance and friend, Chuck, stopped by a few weeks ago. He brought a fantastic 2/3 sized barn beam loom. My best guess it dates to at least the War of Northern Aggression, and probably much earlier. (That would be the War Between the States, or Civil War, for any of you Federalists reading this.)

The loom is unlike anything we had. It’s a two harness and all hand sawn or draw knife shaped. The pieces fit together so well that only two wood pegs are needed to hold it together. I wonder who built it, and why it’s a smaller than usual size. Could it have been made by a family to carry by wagon as they headed west into Ohio? I suppose we’ll never know.

It’s a great donation by Chuck and his wife. She had acquired it some years ago when she worked at Hale Homestead as a weaver. They stored it in their barn for years until deciding to donate it. She has two other looms that she now uses, in their main house. (Personal note: They bought their farm from my brother when he moved his family from Medina Co. to our family’s original farm house, where we all grew up, in Summit Co. William, being the older son, moved into the family home, while I, the younger, moved next door where my branch of our family tree presently lives. I’ve only been in this house for 42 yrs. while our family has been on this farm for several generations.)

Chuck also brought over a really nice curved top corn sheller. It has a fairly unusual feature on the side. There’s a ribbed cone you can push an ear of dried corn into for removing the last clinging kernels of corn that the sheller missed as the ear corn passed through the machine.

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