The new section of our outdoor storage shed may be filling up fast.
Today, we were offered this machine:
It's a Clipper Cleaner grain cleaner, the original grain cleaner from Sunset Seed Company. It was put into the Sunset Seed plant on Cook Street in 1939, but, according to Ted Heal, it's a little older than that - probably early to mid-1930s - since it wasn't new when it was brought here.
As you may be able to see, it's made of wood, which surprised the heck out of me, but Ted says the hardwood (oak, to be specific) wore better than metal. This could be used for cleaning everything, from grains to the peas that it sorted while in use at Sunset Seed.
This cleaner is a good size - about twelve feet long and eight and a half wide - so, even with our new section on the shed, it'll be interesting to figure out where to put it and how to display it. Or even how exactly to move it here, for that matter.
While Ian and I were looking at it, we got a quick tour at Across the Board Creations
(the cleaner is behind the old potato shed in Wynndel which the Galloways have turned into their workshop). Now that is an incredible business they have out there; have you checked out what they do out there? Everything from figures of oil field workers for a monument in California to reproductions of artifacts from the Smithsonian.