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The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories of Tractor Archaeology
     

The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories of Tractor Archaeology

by Scott Garvey, Roger Welsch (Foreword by)
 

For the aficionado of farm equipment, or the scion of an old farming family nostalgic for the old days, or the grown-up boy who still loves a classic piece of old-time machinery, the vintage tractor can be a thrilling find like no other. This book tells dozens of stories of such discoveries, of the treasured old tractor

Overview

For the aficionado of farm equipment, or the scion of an old farming family nostalgic for the old days, or the grown-up boy who still loves a classic piece of old-time machinery, the vintage tractor can be a thrilling find like no other. This book tells dozens of stories of such discoveries, of the treasured old tractor parked in a shed since 1927, of the pristine model unearthed at an estate sale, of the broken-down old beauty stashed in a barn where generations of children have made their secret hideaways. These are the classic tractors that are often as hard to find as a needle in a haystack—but far more fun to discover, as all of these delightful stories make abundantly clear.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Besides being fun to read, the book reveals an inspiring array of ways to find tractors, pieces, and parts. It’s sort of a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones and the Powerball lottery. -- Farm & Ranch Living

“Got a guy on your list who loves anything with an engine? Then he'll love "The Tractor in the Haystack" by Scott Garvey. In this book, the latest in a series, he'll read about tractors that have been discovered broken, busted and unloved, then brought back to health.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Spectrum

“It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

“I started out with thinking I would read a story or two, and then do something else. Then I found myself thinking, I’ll read just one more. The book had me hooked. …if you enjoy reading the letters pages in this magazine, and get a thrill from exploring the hedgerows and barns of the countryside for the next great find, then I think this book would be a welcome addition to your shelves.” – Chris Losey, Hart Parr Oliver Collector

“It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

“In addition to these nostalgic and interesting tales, Garvey – an author and photographer who hunts and restores old tractors when time permits – offers tips on how readers can find old-iron treasures of their own.” - Implement & Tractor Magazine

“Aside from there interesting tales of tractors both lost and found, author Scott Garvey also gives tips on finding old iron treasures of your own.” - Toy Farmer

“No book captures this passion (or gentle madness) with more loving care than Scott Garvey's The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories in Tractor Archaeology. Garvey presents the stories of more than 30 individuals who fall under the spell of old farm equipment. Garvey's vignettes in what he labels “tractor archaeology” are therefore part detective story, part Antiques Roadshow, and part Popular Mechanics. Garvey takes the reader on the search for old tractors in “old haystacks” or more sedate estate sales. He captures the struggles of searching for the right part and the quiet joy of restoring a broken-down heap to working order. In this, Garvey captures the human struggle to remember, to create and to live. But forget the cosmic themes, this is a fun read with fascinating personalities pursuing their passions.” John Kestner, Farm Industry News

“The book is a collection of stories from old-tractor hunters around the world. If you can’t make the Winnipeg launch, ask for the book at your favourite bookstore or order it online. It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grain News

Grainews
It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.
—Jay Whetter
The Spectrum
Got a guy on your list who loves anything with an engine? Then he'll love "The Tractor in the Haystack" by Scott Garvey. In this book, the latest in a series, he'll read about tractors that have been discovered broken, busted and unloved, then brought back to health.
—Terri Schlichenmeyer
Hart Parr Oliver Collector
I started out with thinking I would read a story or two, and then do something else. Then I found myself thinking, I'll read just one more. The book had me hooked. . . . if you enjoy reading the letters pages in this magazine, and get a thrill from exploring the hedgerows and barns of the countryside for the next great find, then I think this book would be a welcome addition to your shelves.
—Chris Losey
Implement & Tractor Magazine
In addition to these nostalgic and interesting tales, Garvey - an author and photographer who hunts and restores old tractors when time permits - offers tips on how readers can find old-iron treasures of their own.
Toy Farmer
Aside from there interesting tales of tractors both lost and found, author Scott Garvey also gives tips on finding old iron treasures of your own.
Farm Industry News
No book captures this passion (or gentle madness) with more loving care than Scott Garvey's The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories in Tractor Archaeology. Garvey presents the stories of more than 30 individuals who fall under the spell of old farm equipment. Garvey's vignettes in what he labels "tractor archaeology" are therefore part detective story, part Antiques Roadshow, and part Popular Mechanics. Garvey takes the reader on the search for old tractors in "old haystacks" or more sedate estate sales. He captures the struggles of searching for the right part and the quiet joy of restoring a broken-down heap to working order. In this, Garvey captures the human struggle to remember, to create and to live. But forget the cosmic themes, this is a fun read with fascinating personalities pursuing their passions.
—John Kestner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760332955
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

“I started out with thinking I would read a story or two, and then do something else. Then I found myself thinking, I’ll read just one more. The book had me hooked. …if you enjoy reading the letters pages in this magazine, and get a thrill from exploring the hedgerows and barns of the countryside for the next great find, then I think this book would be a welcome addition to your shelves.” – Chris Losey, Hart Parr Oliver Collector

 “It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grainews

 “In addition to these nostalgic and interesting tales, Garvey – an author and photographer who hunts and restores old tractors when time permits – offers tips on how readers can find old-iron treasures of their own.” - Implement & Tractor Magazine

 “Aside from there interesting tales of tractors both lost and found, author Scott Garvey also gives tips on finding old iron treasures of your own.” - Toy Farmer

“No book captures this passion (or gentle madness) with more loving care than Scott Garvey's The Tractor in the Haystack: Great Stories in Tractor Archaeology. Garvey presents the stories of more than 30 individuals who fall under the spell of old farm equipment. Garvey's vignettes in what he labels “tractor archaeology” are therefore part detective story, part Antiques Roadshow, and part Popular Mechanics. Garvey takes the reader on the search for old tractors in “old haystacks” or more sedate estate sales. He captures the struggles of searching for the right part and the quiet joy of restoring a broken-down heap to working order. In this, Garvey captures the human struggle to remember, to create and to live. But forget the cosmic themes, this is a fun read with fascinating personalities pursuing their passions.” John Kestner, Farm Industry News

 “The book is a collection of stories from old-tractor hunters around the world. If you can’t make the Winnipeg launch, ask for the book at your favourite bookstore or order it online. It would make a great Christmas gift for tractor lovers.” - Jay Whetter, Grain News

“Got a guy on your list who loves anything with an engine? Then he'll love "The Tractor in the Haystack" by Scott Garvey. In this book, the latest in a series, he'll read about tractors that have been discovered broken, busted and unloved, then brought back to health.” - Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Spectrum

Besides being fun to read, the book reveals an inspiring array of ways to find tractors, pieces, and parts.  It’s sort of a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones and the Powerball lottery. — Farm & Ranch Living

Meet the Author

Writer and photographer Scott Garvey is a regular contributor to the world’s largest tractor magazine, Classic Tractor. He is based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Roger Welsch can best be described as a cross between Erma Bombeck and Dr. Ruth, except male and living in Nebraska with his wife and dogs. Before turning his talents to canine psychology, Roger was best known as the fat guy in overalls on CBS Sunday Morning, where he offered up essays on rural and small-town life on the Plains.

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