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Amazingly Detailed Farm Machinery Carved To Scale
Bernard Young carves farm machinery so realistic-looking that you wouldn’t be surprised if they started moving across the room. His carvings include a wide range of equipment from tillage equipment to modern 4-WD tractors. An 1870’s combine pulled by 26 horses has wheels, pulleys and a sickle that moves.
  “I started out with a block of wood and a carving knife given to me by one of my kids,” recalls Young. “That was about 6 years ago, and I haven’t stopped carving since then.”
  Young exhibited at the local county fair in 2013, winning Best of Show for his combine and 2 well drilling rigs. The rigs were fashioned after ones he had used in his 47-year well drilling career. They have derricks that lay flat on their trucks as if in transport, or they can be raised up into working position. He has also carved an old wagon and mules like those in the old Borax commercials, as well as a Wells Fargo stagecoach with a team of 6 horses.
  Soon after the 2013 fair, Young began planning his 2014 entries. One is a 4-WD Deere 9560R, complete with a metal field drag with 81 teeth. Another is a Case IH 600 Quadtrac. Both tractors have moving parts, including hoods that can be removed to reveal the engines.
  Young studies the real thing or, in the case of antiques, pictures. He then selects a scale that works for him. The Deere tractor was 15 ft. wide so he made the model 15 in. wide.
  Young has carved a number of older tractors. One of his favorites is an Iron Horse introduced in 1919. His carving is a perfect representation and includes a man walking behind it holding reins. Releasing or pulling on reins was how the tractor was controlled.
  “I’ll think of something or see it in a magazine,” explains Young. “I’ll sketch it up and start making it. I work mostly with pine and some cedar. I first rough it out and then do fine carving to finish.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bernard Young, 109 Pine St., Gillett, Wis. 54124 (ph 920 373-6090).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2