I LOVE auctions! Ebay is OK but there's nothing like being there, looking the competition in the eye and finding surprises every time you turn something over. We had the opportunity to go to one yesterday. It was a collection of mostly kitchenware and tools. I needed a crock to increase the amout of Sauerkraut I can make at a time and it looked like lots of other interesting things were available as well. The auction didn't disappoint and we ended up with this...
1) A plain Jane white six gallon crock that we tracked down to Pfaltzgraff from the very worn mark on the bottom. Doesn't have a lid but I figure I can make a nice wood one along with a kraut weight.
2) Oak hall tree. The coats are getting out of control with winter here.
3) An old Rapid Washer. I figure that this could come in handy as a backup on those off-grid days when little power is being produced.
4) A butter crock with a nice homemade wood lid. We're looking at trying our hands at butter now that DW has broken the cheese barrier.
5) A hand crank apple pealer and some kind of neat small pulp press. Not sure what we'll do with the press but we go through lots of apples around here.
6) A stairway basket. A ton of other baskets went for lots of cash but this was one of the last and we got it for a song.
7) An old hand corn planter. I definitely want to do this by horse but it may be a while before I get a planter (and a second horse). This will have to do for now.
8) A harness repair vice. It needs some of the leg cross-braces replaced but all in all it's an awesome piece of work.
9) A beam auger and two bits. Not sure if I'll ever do any post and beam construction but it is on my list of things to do before I die.
10) Some miscellaneous items in a box lot including these strange things...
I'm not sure what they are but judging by all of the leather working tools that were there, I would say that they are leather forms or molds of some sort. If anyone can ID them please let me know.
Of course *E* was irresistably drawn to the auger...
It was fun to watch him play with it until he started sticking his fingers in the gears. The auger was banished to the basement immediately before the screaming commenced.
All in all it was a great time. Some of the stuff will need a little love to put it back into useable condition but, Hey, that's half the fun!
The other big thing happening around here is Bonnie's training. I've been working with taking her horse collar on and off. Usually she's sort of a stinker the first time and then relaxes. Today, she let me do it almost immediately and was letting me take it on and off like she was an old pro. I decided to take a chance and Voila...
She let me put the whole harness on her. I was really rusty since I haven't done it since my April horse farming workshop. The harness was adjusted for a much smaller horse so it was pretty slow going while I got everything reset. She stood there absolutely still and patiently let me do my thing. I couldn't believe it! I walked her around on the lead rope for about 20 minutes or so. She was a little spooky at first because the two bottom spreader rings on the hames were jingling like crazy but after a few times around the yard she calmed right down. I got her driving lines in yesterday so we'll be ready to go with ground driving as soon as she wears the harness a few more days. This was a very big deal to me...so much planning and working and studying to get to this point. It's really something special taking an actual step toward one of my life's goals. I wonder what cubicle people are doing today?!!