A Brief Word

| August/September 1997

If this month's issue comes to you a couple of days late, it's probably the fault of ye olde Reflector. We've been in the finishing stages of our book, American Farm Implements, and we were so determined to get it done that we delayed the column for a couple of days. However, we're most happy to report that the project is now completed, with over 130,000 words and over 2,100 illustrations. It will be published by Krause Publications at Iola, Wisconsin, and probably will be released in August or September.

There were many times during our compilation of the farm implement book that we wondered if we would ever see light at the end of the tunnel. For example, we love threshing machines, but it took several days just to complete this particular section of the book. We had hoped to include a cross-listing of trade names, but discovered that's a project that will take weeks on end, just to do the keyboarding. Perhaps the next edition?

Ever since returning from the Australian tour, it's been virtually non-stop work on this project, so in order to avoid interruptions, we often left the answering machine take calls, and have found little time to answer letters etc. Now that the project is done, perhaps life will assume a bit of normalcy once again.

Speaking of threshing machines, take a look at the engraving of an early Pitts Twin Fan Rival Thresher from Pitts Agricultural Works, later known as Buffalo Pitts Company at Buffalo, New York. This machine was built in several sizes and used two separate fans to clean the grain.

32/8/1 Chain Saws Q. See the two photos of chain saws. Photo 1A shows an I.E.L. saw from Industrial Engineering Ltd., at Vancouver, Canada. It is 5 HP, and s/n F7838. The saw in 1B was made by Power Machinery Ltd. at Vancouver. Any information on these saws would be appreciated. Bruce Heppler, Box 523, Covelo, CA 95428.

32/8/2 Monitor Engine Q. I am restoring a Monitor 6 HP engine that has been in my family since the early part of the century. My grandfather used it at Kalispell, Montana, to cut wood that was unloaded by rail for the local homesteaders. Any help would be appreciated, including the original colors. Warren Michaelis, 4440 Pleasant Crl Rd, Olympia, WA 98516.


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