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Boring is never boring

January 16, 2010

Boring is a nearby town, the feedstore is there and we have farmer friends who live there.  Just beyond the Urban Growth Boundary,  the flat farmland and view beckons to developers, so much so that on one side of the road there are cookie cutter developments – and on the other side large farm and nursery fields still hold their own.

Yesterday, I was on a mission to pickup a tool for Della.  Well, not really for Della, more for me.   I feed her roots in the winter, and I have been looking for a root chopper.  Scarcer than hens teeth when you want one, I called a friend, who at 81 doesn’t show any signs of retiring from his berry farm, or antique collecting.  He did retire from his other job hauling sawdust though, as the timber industry begin to fail, and the nearby mill closed – he decided to just stop hauling sawdust.  He was sure he could fix me up, since he had a root cutter that he wanted to move out of his way.  He offered to loan it to me. 🙂


He was busy working when I arrived.  An avid collector and a wealth of information on all things farming, he uses his antique John Deere tractors and implements in his work.  He teased me though, since he knows we have International Harvesters.  When I got out of the pickup, I noticed  he was wearing a IH hat, just so I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. 😉

Dave - tour guide

Any trip there always results in a tour of the various tractors.  This time I had a camera.  Their farm is like a museum, always something to look at and learn about.  They resisted the get big, or get out era of farming and are comfortable repairing, and restoring farm tools of the past.  Going to a threshing when they harvest their cover crop is great fun.

Waterloo Boy

His pride and joy.

This vegetable cutter didn’t get to come home with me, being a certified John Deere, and it’s cutters weren’t quite what I was looking for – so that was fine with me.

root cutter

He did loan me this Root Cutter though, it has seen better days and been repaired, but it is in good working order.  So we’ll see if it is more work to turn the heavy flywheel on this, or to just  chop the roots with a knife.  Della won’t care either way – as long as she gets her roots, but I like using old, simple tools for everyday tasks.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Aveena permalink
    January 16, 2010 9:05 am

    Having just chopped off the top of my thumb while cutting up pumpkins for my goats, I’d vote for turning the flywheel. How big is this contraption?

    • January 16, 2010 9:45 am

      Aveena, it’s about 4 feet high and probably is big enough to cut the roots for a fair amount of stock. But, besides the cutting myself problem you encountered, it will make the slices more uniform. I would hate to choke my cow, which would surely negate any savings I gained by feeding her roots instead of purchased grain 🙂

      I think it will work just fine actually – just need to get it dusted off and get to work!

      Sorry about your thumb, I did the same thing cutting coring cabbage once, cutting near the tendon. Takes forever to heal.

  2. January 16, 2010 10:06 am

    Dave’s place reminds me a lot of my parent’s farm. Dad has lots of old equipment that he used up until he ‘retired’. And he’s a John Deere man as well.
    Good luck with the root cutter.

  3. January 16, 2010 11:34 am

    Nice old barn he’s got there. You must rate high in his books if he changed from a John Deere to and IH cap 😉

  4. January 16, 2010 6:24 pm

    I also like to use the old tools and kitchen implements. My favorite place to shop is the antique store, although “collectors” have driven the prices up high enough that it’s hard for me to buy the stuff that I need to use and they want to hang on their wall! That barn is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! What a treasure for you to have this gentlemen for a friend!

  5. January 17, 2010 8:06 am

    When we lived in Sisters, we’d drive up to Portland from time to time. On the way home, we always breathed a huge sigh of relief when we saw the “Boring” exit. Ah, out of the city and off toward home at last. Just the name “Boring, OR” feels more like home.

    • January 17, 2010 10:07 am

      Peggy, LOL, you can see that barn from the freeway on 26. I don’t know how long it has been since you lived in Sisters but Sandy is bulging out with development. I wonder by the time my daughter is my age if there won’t be solid houses clear up to Government Camp. Soon Portland will meet Sandy and on and on.

      • January 17, 2010 3:28 pm

        It’s been about four years now. Government Camp is where my kids their first snowball fight EVER. You should have seen those crazy California kids out there acting like snow was made of diamonds set in platinum!

        I always felt that Portland would move as far east and south as it possibly could, but I always felt very insulated in Sisters. I’d like to find a community like that again one day.

  6. Deb permalink
    January 17, 2010 4:28 pm

    I am so glad I found this website, it is terrific, I love the vegetables, and the gardens, thanks for sharing…

  7. January 18, 2010 2:43 pm

    loved seeing the old john deere and waterloo boy tractors !
    reminded me of when i was a kid in Iowa –
    interested to read how that vegetable cutter worked out for you – mm

  8. January 19, 2010 9:22 pm

    I was in Boring recently — on a Saturday night visiting some friends.
    I think I’d like to come back during the day and just look around. that farm looks so well kept.

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