Thursday, 14 April 2011

Yin fur tha aul farmers

I aftin herd my granda remark that so and so's shoes wur:

Shinin like a new harra pin

I asked him yin time what a harra pin was an he tould me that it wus fur breakin up hard grun

Fur aa no aquaited wa agriculture thons a harro (In English a harrow) wi it's pins.


39"L x 122"W x 10"H
This is one half of a double frame "Scotch" harrow. Iron spikes protrude from the wooden frame to till and smooth the soil.
Second only to the plow for the preparation of soil before planting, harrows smooth out rough, clumpy soil to ensure an even planting. During the 19th century there were primarily two types of harrows used, the square harrow and the bifurcate (or triangular) harrow. A square harrow was used to even out fields already free of obstacles (such as tree stumps) and could cover more ground than a bifurcate harrow. A bifurcate harrow was more easily used in a field that had obstacles because it was smaller, sturdier and easier to maneuver. By the turn of the century the iron spiked harrow had been replaced by the disk harrow, which is still in use today.

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