Spectrumwalker said:Tex Cruise said:They might be hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of years old. It's incredible to find and hold a well worn grinding stone or axe, being the first person to pick it up in who knows?
I was out discing a hay field one time and as I'm passing the row I just did I look over and see something sharp poking up out of the ground. Lucky it didn't pinch the tire. But I go grab it and it's an old hay hook. You could tell it was hand made, probably at least 100 years old. At the end of the day I stood there holding this thing; looking out at the field and got this surreal ghostly connection to the past envisioning the guys of old doing the same thing I was more or less but all by hand and horse. Some guy was out there picking up small square bales by hand and loading em onto a wagon, dropped his hook and there it remained ever since. You think about all the history and events that went by as things like this just sat there in the ground as the world turns until you dug it up. I could just hear some ole boy saying "ah shit where'd my hook go?" I use it as a coat hook in my camper.
I found an old rusty glob of something last summer. After chipping away at it for an hour a pick axe started to take shape. I cleaned it up and underneath was the most pitted and rusted old looking pick axe I ever seen.
I ground it down as a side project. It took many hours and in the end there was no way to get all the pitting out without losing most of the steel. So I just polished it up and hung it on the wall.
Like you, I thought back to the Fraser gold rush and how many boats full of men were coming up the river here. That my farm must have had small tent villages of guys gathering supplies for the trip up river. Its a great day dream.