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Farm Drum 25 Two-Way Plow

Farm Drum #25: Two-Way Plow


Lynn Miller and Ed Joseph discuss the merits of the two-way plow, what to look for when considering purchase, and a little bit of the history of this unique IH / P&O model.

Farm Drum 27 Case 22 x 36 Threshing Machine

Farm Drum #27: Case 22 x 36 Threshing Machine


Friend and Auctioneer Dennis Turmon has an upcoming auction featuring a Case Threshing machine, and we couldn’t wait when he invited us to take a look. On a blustery Central Oregon day (sorry about the wind noise), Lynn & Dennis take us on a guided tour of the Case 22×36 Thresher.

Farm Drum 28 Eds Wester Star Custom Forecart

Farm Drum #28: Ed’s Western Star Custom Forecart

Lynn Miller and Ed Joseph examine a custom horse-drawn Forecart built by Ed’s company, Western Star Implement Co.

Blacksmithing with Pete Cecil Building a Fire

Farm Drum #29: Blacksmithing with Pete Cecil – Building a Fire

Lynn Miller & Pete Cecil talk about Blacksmithing basics, and Pete demonstrates building a fire in the forge.

Farm Drum 14 Birdhouse

Farm Drum 14: Birdhouse

“The prosperity of other industries is not the basis of prosperity in agriculture, but the prosperity of agriculture is the basis of prosperity in other industries… Immense manufacturing plants and great transportation companies are dependent upon agriculture for business and prosperity. Great standing armies and formidable navies may protect the farmers in common with other […]

Farm Drum 18 Wisdom

Farm Drum 18: Wisdom

“When we stop working with our hands, we cease to understand how the world really works.” — Clive Thompson “I now suspect that if we work with machines the world will seem to us to be a machine, but if we work with living creatures the world will appear to us as a living creature.” […]

Farm Drum 23 Gathering Together

Farm Drum 23: Gathering Together

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer


Farm Drum 24: Shapes

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin

Farm Drum 5 Character

Farm Drum 5: Character

“I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural.” — Thomas Jefferson “Trade increases the wealth and glory of a country; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land.” — William Pitt

Farm Drum 9 Rose

Farm Drum 9: Rose

“There are two kinds of realists: the one who offers a good deal of dirt with his potato to show that it is a real potato, and the one who is satisfied with the potato brushed clean. I’m inclined to be the second kind. To me the thing that art does for life is to […]

Liquid Manure Spreader Wagon

From Speculation to Innovation

“If we made a gadget like that, the farmers might start thinking they didn’t need the tractors we sell for thousands of dollars.” He said that nowadays the idea is to invent rice planting machines quickly, sell them head over heels for as long as possible, then introduce something newer.

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