Here is a quick craft I did in about ten minutes. I needed some J-hooks to hang one of my old farm implements, on the rafter beam in my shop, and all I could find, were some very modern looking ones at Home Depot. Since they were only 1.97 a piece, I thought I could take them home, and do something to them, to make them look less modern.
I just love that old thing, it always reminds me of the stories, I was told by my step-grandpa, James Dow Thomas. He used one of these, back in 1916-17, when he worked the fields of Kansas, as a traveling grain harvester. He lived in bunk houses, with a group of men, and they moved from farm to farm, as the fields ripened. He along with many young men like him, during that period, did this to support their families. He was single, sending his earnings back to his family, who lived in Ohio. He came home after the harvest, was there all winter, helping his father in his water mill. In the spring he helped his father plant their potato fields, but come summer and fall, would find James, back in the hot fields of Kansas, harvesting grain once more.
After the invention of the mechanical grain harvester, these schythe's were still used, to clean out the corners of grain fields, and wherever the ground was too steep, or uneven for the machine. My own step-dad, James' son, Richard, owned one of these. He used to cut the grass along our driveway with it, and he taught me how to use it too. It really gave me a lot of respect, for both of the men's strength, because it could really made your back and arms ache, in short order.