Stone Boat Story
Some of you may have seen the stone boat on my Facebook post. Thanks to all who commented on that post. It seems everyone who has come across one of these in their lives has a story to tell. I have one as well.
It was one of those wonderful auction moments. The farm equipment and large tools had all been sold and the crowd was drifting off toward their cars. The auctioneer was anxious to sell off the “odd lots” and held up a heavy cast iron triangle by its chain, saying, “No idea what it is, anyone give me a coupl’a bucks for it? Iron alone’s worth that, weighs a ton.”
I knew right away what it was, bid three bucks holding up my number, and heard “sold to the big guy in the back.”
It was cast in Randolph, VT in the 1880’s and only needed some 4″ thick maple planks bolted to it to make into the fine stone boat you see in the picture. I don’t have a team so I pull it behind my John Deere 2240.