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Shelby's Oxen Yoke she made.
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-19-2002 at 20:21:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Shelbys been working on this Oxen Yoke for a while now. She finised it today with a Oil Finish and took a picture of it for Ebay. This is the second one she made. They are made the way the real ones are with steamed Hickory Bows and hand Hamered Hard ware. Some day she wants to train a team to work with. Mark H.

screaminghollow    Posted 06-20-2002 at 19:53:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
BEAUTIFUL! I've been thinking about trying to train ox to pull. Understand its not hard if you start'em young. Does she have a plan or picture for a single yoke? I even have two little jersey steers. (3months old) But I've seen pictures of a single ox pulling carts. never enough detail to understand how they are yoked.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-20-2002 at 20:08:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just posted a site at the top you can get lots of stuff from. She bought these set of plans to make them with and it covers all the sizes of them. If you can't find it I can ask her if she has the little Yoke plans to copy. Mark H.

Jim Tate    Posted 08-02-2002 at 10:13:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been surfing the net for about two hours looking fo info on how to make a yoke.

I raise angus cattle and I have two Angus Steers I am breaking and they are near a year old and it is time to start them.

I saw that you posted an address to find info, but I do not find the address.

Could you send it to me so that I can visit that site.

By the way, congratulations on having a young lady with the stick to it attitude to do something like this. She must be special.

Jim Tate
Pipe Dream Farm
Beaverdam, Virginia

Julie G.    Posted 07-06-2004 at 12:26:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For Jim Tate:
Can you contact me privately @
Been trying to find your PDF Angus website...
--Julie G. (from FQ)

Les...fortunate    Posted 06-20-2002 at 17:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, that is a thing of beauty.
In 1999, I was a participant in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. One of the other participants from NH was a maker of ox yokes. His name is Bob Boynton. I can probably put you in touch with him if you'd like.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-20-2002 at 18:18:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is this guy with the Tillers International people? This is a group Shelby get alot of her information from. You can email me a contac if you want. Thanks, Mark

Bob Boynton    Posted 06-07-2006 at 10:36:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are still looking for yokes or bows let me know. I now have email.


Les    Posted 06-21-2002 at 02:27:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never heard of that group.
He lives in Dunbarton, NH but I don't have the rest of his address. No bigger than Dunbarton is, you could probably just send something there and it would find him.

john d    Posted 06-20-2002 at 10:16:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

DeadCarp    Posted 06-20-2002 at 07:52:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a good-looking yoke! A couple fellas at a fair(show) in Melbourne had a string of oxen, lots, maybe 16 or so, and they decided to pull up to a full watertank on skids that had been used for antique tractor pull. I expected to see bulging muscles, leaning critters and pounding hooves i guess - no such thing - the chain went taut & they just walked away pretty as you please, and the sled had little choice but to tag along. Impressive demonstration - that many oxen put tractors to shame. :)

LH    Posted 06-19-2002 at 22:03:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fantastic job Shelby, I want to see pics of you driving those oxen when you get em and train them.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-19-2002 at 22:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won't put it past her she has saddled up a few of her cows and rode them allready. Got that touch with them cows I know I won't get on there backs! Mark H.

LH    Posted 06-19-2002 at 22:03:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fantastic job Shelby, I want to see pics of you driving those oxen when you get em and train them.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-19-2002 at 20:52:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When she gets that team I guess we'll see the N & Freguson on Ebay, you'll not need them anymore.
Later Bob

rhudson    Posted 06-19-2002 at 20:52:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Come on Mark! did she really make that herself?!

a rare young lady.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-19-2002 at 21:12:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well she did all the hard work. I bought the beam for her and got it home. Grampa cut the rough (I mean rough) shape on a band saw. She used a draw knife and chissel to shape it and a lot of hand sanding. She did all the finish work on it. I helped with the big holes for the Bows. Took 2 people to hold it up it is 53 inches long. The bows and hard ware were made by a guy who makes this stuff. The time consuming part was laying out the patern and using the draw knife to shape it. Took many days for her to get the right shape and sanding out the little nicks in the wood took a while too. She did it so she could sell them to buy feed with for her cows. I think it turned out good for a 16 year old girl to do. She has got As in wood shop and has a lot of ribbons from the fair on some of her things she made out of wood. She took Grand Champion with the last Yoke she made and it hangs on our wall in the living room. Who needs a son when you got a girl like this! Best of both worlds! Mark H.

rhud    Posted 06-20-2002 at 00:50:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does she have a shaving horse, the bench like thing with vise jaws that are held clamped with your foot. it would make it a lot easier to use the hand tools.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-20-2002 at 07:30:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I made her a bench to work on it has a couple of clamps that bolts them down. We found out if you can't hold them still it is hard to shave them. She has a work shop in the small barn for the wood projects. One day she bought a table saw to use and it was handy because I could use it too. She gets old wood working tools at yard sales like spoke shaves, planes and draw knives. Mark H.

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