Quote: Originally Posted by alfred01
Used to bail wheat?
near enough alfred01
This tool was used to grab and pick up a bundle of wheat, oats, barley and perhaps other crops. Bundles were made by a grain binder pulled through the field of ripe grain and had a cutter bar much like a mowing machine that cut the standing grain and moved it across a platform into a device that formed it into a bundle and tied it with twine. These were dropped on the ground as a team of horses pulled the machine across the field. Workmen then walked around the field picking up each bundle and making a grain shock that had 6-7 bundles in it. This required an experienced person to make these shocks so they shed rain water as they were kept in the field for some time. The men would have a tool in each hand, picking up two bundles and placing them on the shock. Barley
has sharp beards that could be rough on the hands and wrist while doing this work, so the tool would help prevent irritated skin