(Here is the amended part: this tool is not the one Grandpa cut wheat with. He cut wheat with a scythe and cradle. The scythe he used for cutting wheat had a shorter handle than the one pictured below, I'm told, and of course the cradle part is an interesting part all in itself.)
Mama described how her father would cut wheat with a scythe and cradle. The first few
It's very interesting to hear about old ways. If you would like to see small-scale grain harvesting in action, HERE is a video I would recommend, though this uses a different style cradle than the American cradle.
And if the legend of John Henry appeals to you, you will probably enjoy seeing the pictures of a barefoot girl in a long dress "mowing down" the competition in a scythe vs. gas trimmer competition. I like a girl with pluck.
On another note, I pulled a few more turnips. (Some things don't change.)