Posted 4/17/2021 08:24 (#8956527 - in reply to #8956171) Subject: RE: How We Used to Eat (1953 - 1955 or so)
Dad and my older brothers cut hedge posts for quite a few years. Of course by the time I was able to remember anything they were using a chain saw. The larger posts that were not used for corner posts were split in quarters to make line posts. There is still one of the old steel wedges around here somewhere that was used along with a sledge hammer to split the Osage Orange "hedge" posts. Then would then stack them like a shock of grain, vertically, out by the road where they sold them. I can remember my oldest brother finishing the splitting process with an ax, missing the target, and splitting his foot between his toes with the ax. Dad cut the end out of a shoe for him to wear for the long healing process so he could go to school.
The first farm Carolynn and I bought I cut corner posts and fire wood, along with the help of my dad now retired, out of the hedge rows surrounding the property. Have pictures around here somewhere of dad and I doing that. Of all the old family pictures, the most treasured are the ones where people were actually doing something like working rather than the posed ones.