Most of you who have read my posts know that I like to restore old antique cornshellers. I have done a couple of Hocking Valley shellers so when I was asked to do a restoration on a Buch's sheller I just couldn't resist. Very similar to a Hocking Valley but with a few distinct differences this was a fun project. The first challenge was identifying this as a Buch's sheller. Clue one was the use of a wire mesh chaff screen which was exclusive to a Buch's and also the rounded edge flywheel
Wire Mesh Chaff Screen. Round Edge Flywheel
The woodwork was in pretty good shape for measuring purposes and is made from white oak for the frame and poplar for the box.
Carcass with metal removed
The paint job is probably the most time consuming part of the restoration. After trolling the web to find suitable photos of the Buch’s sheller to get the details, I then have to make the custom stencils. Each stencil is hand drawn, then cut out using an exacto knife. Once this is done then each stencil is placed on the spray painted parts of the sheller and using a foam brush the paint is applied . After the stencil is removed, I do any touch up and filling in with an artist brush until it looks good and uniform.
Hand Cut stencils
Once all of the stenciling is done I do all of the pin-striping on the frame and begin assembly.
So here is the Buch’s Pennsylvania 3 cornsheller completely restored to working order and looking good.
A little piece of history brought back to life