Category Archives: Human-powered Machines

Pedal-Powered Grinder

I didn’t even know these existed. When I was assessing my shop for ‘tools with tails’ (electric motors…) that needed eliminating, I saw my grinder sitting quietly in the corner. Without a grinder, sharp is not possible. Without sharp, well, … Continue reading

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Who sped up the clock?!

As my family and I continue to pursue our Country Roads, we’ve made a very curious observation. Technology has supplied us with a seemingly infinite number of ‘time-saving’ gadgets. From the washing machine to the milking machine we’ve found a way … Continue reading

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Hocking Valley Corn Sheller

If you’re going to farm, there are a lot of people out there with lists that will tell you what you need: good land, well-bred livestock, a marketing plan, etc. I’ve decided to add one more thing to the list: … Continue reading

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Post Drill Restoration and Modification: A sustainable shop tool!

My wife and I have been researching human powered machines. There’s a dizzying array of gadgets that people have created from the crazy to the downright practical. Check out this device. And this one from Rock the Bike has to be … Continue reading

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