|Steam Engine and Red River Separator|
We have lived in rural places before but we've never had experience with farming so when we read that the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society was having their annual "Threshing Day" fundraiser we decided to see what it was all about. Well...the first thing we did was watch the threshing. The steam engine pictured above is more than 100 years old and it powered the Separator which was manufactured in 1928 and has threshed every year since. The photos below show the process but don't depict well the true intricacy of the machinery and all its smoothly moving parts - and this baby is 84 years old!
|Antique dental equipment - open wide and pray!|
|There were barns full of cars, buggies, boats, equipment...|
|The tip of the iceberg (make that a glacier!)|
We truly could not do this museum justice. One of the items we did come across that was quite interesting was this 1940's Barn Breeding log.
|Wonder what the "Service Dates" apply to?|
One of the more amazing aspects of the Historical Artifacts Society is that it is entirely run by volunteers and many of the pieces of antique equipment donated over the years from farms, shipyards, and all manner of esoteric sources have been restored and are operable. These folks have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they have put to work to preserve their heritage. They also graciously shared that knowledge with anyone who was interested...including a couple of city slickers like us!