Our Story

Here is a story of an old guy and a group of not so old guys. Tom, the old guy, grew up in the River Hills farming community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. While the local farmers were adapting to the use of tractors and modern machinery, Tom still had an unusual affixation for mules. He had a small tractor but enjoyed and preferred working the mules whenever he could. Never one to sit still, when he retired from farming and other business ventures he became interested in 1/8th scale Conestoga Wagons. He bought unfinished wagons from an Amish fellow and finished them. He needed something to pull the wagons so he began carving mules to go with them. Through a lot of trial and error in addition to some help from a wood carver friend he started to produce a rather good looking mule. From the wagons he progressed to replicating other pieces of horse drawn farm equipment. Now, along came a group of recently retired no so old fellow who would frequently hang around the show with this old fellow. They could not resist getting involved with Tom and his model building. The groups talent consisted of a carpenter, welder, machinist, electrician and a model railroad enthusiast. All these fellows grew up in the same local farming community as Tom. They all have farming experience and the have an appreciation for the way their ancestors worked the land.

 

Tom & boys

Tom and the boys hard at work preparing wheels for Conestoga Wagons.

Paul assembling some key pieces of a Conestoga Wagon

Paul assembling some key pieces of a Conestoga Wagon

Tom finishing the carving of a mule.

Tom finishing the carving of a mule.

It looks like lunch time!  Tom always takes good care of his help.

It looks like lunch time! Tom always takes good care of his help.

Mom prepares lunch for the gang on "the old cook stove".

Mom prepares lunch for the gang on “the old cook stove”.