New for 2021... Old Fashoned Sunday Ice Cream Socials
Featuring our own 1930 John Deere Hit & Miss Ice Cream Churns
What's an Ice Cream Social?... well...they're smaller than a Fly-In, should be less work, but hopefully just as much fun. We are going to be advertising several dates beginning this summer for y'all to fly in and enjoy a cool cup of Americana... purely delightful home made ice cream. We may have a grill going, or not, it's all pretty much up in the air (sorry) at this point. At any rate, we will post dates here, on our FaceBook page, and on the socialflights app, so stay tuned.
About the Machine...
Everything around here has a story and a purpose. This thing is no exception.
When I was a boy, my Uncle Walt farmed about a zillion acres of corn, beans and wheat in Southwest Missouri. In his spare time, he collected antique stationary engines (aka "Hit and Miss" engines). He was gifted with a mechanical mind, and with his huge hands would use these engines to power a large flatbed trailer of kenetic art that did absolutely nothing but entertain. The giant flat belts would turn a pully that had belts and gears driving little ferris wheels, mechanical men turning cranks, and any other sort of linear or rotating motion that could be contrived, literally hundreds of things spun, rocked, articulated and jumped. He called the trailer his Bull#### generator both for its usefullness, and I suppose, its ability to insite conversation. He drug the trailer to farm shows and fairs, changing it each year. I will always remember him as that... sitting in striped blue faded overalls, laughing and talking to folks who were discussing if the engine powering everything the really ran on a crabapple and water as it appeared, while I stood there looking... overstimulated and mesmorized by the mechanization.
The Ice Cream Churn started as an idea for something to do with an old hay wagon we had here on the farm. It was a 1930 Model A Ford that had outlived it purpose as a car. We bought it (as a hay wagon) from the family that had bought the car new back in 1930. It must have had a rough life as a car. I know it did as a hay wagon, but it still remained simply too good to throw away. The Engine is a 1935 John Deere Model E, 3HP at 500 RPM. Overall the engine was in good shape, but it got a fresh rebuild and new low tension ignition system for reliability. It hits like its supposed to every once in a while to maintain the 500 RPM governer setting. Its just fun to watch run. I found the Native Oak planks under the churns, (a full 12"x3"!!) way too beautiful to be turned into pallets, so after a little bit of ciphering, some childhood memories of Uncle Walt, and a few late nights in the hangar, created something I hope everyone will enjoy. After all... who doesnt like Home Made Ice Cream?