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Hand carved farm tractor and wagon
An Illinois farmer's hand-carved tractor and wagon drew lots of attention at the recent Farm Progress Show where they were displayed at the Moews Seed Company booth. He carved the 2-ft. high tractor and 3-ft. high wagon out of pine.
"I made the tractor last winter for my 5-year-old boy," says Bill Carlson, Biggsville, Ill., who farms and also custom builds wood products. "A Moews seed dealer saw it and fell in love with it. It's the first wooden tractor I've ever built. I saw a photograph of another wooden tractor in a wood shop magazine and thought it would look good in front of the wagon, which I made earlier.
"I've taken it to several craft shows and it always gets a lot of attention. Everyone tells me it looks like an old Deere R tractor except that the belt pulley is on the wrong side. It also has a front-mounted hand crank, hand clutch and brake levers, steering wheel, seat, exhaust pipe, gas cap, and engine block. I made the tractor's rear wheels to look like steel wheels. They were the most difficult to make because I had to cut a lot of wood pieces at different angles."
Carlson custom-makes the wagons from oak or pine and sells them for $250. He says he's willing to sell the tractor for $500.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Carlson, Rt. 1, Biggsville, I11.61418 (ph 309 768-2170).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6