The modern corn sheller was first patented in 1839. It is a freestanding hand-operated machine that removed individual kernels of corn by pulling the cob through a series of metal-toothed cylinders which stripped the kernels off the cob.
Our Model 14A Hocking Valley corn sheller was manufactured by Merrel & Company (Toledo, OH) around 1900. Think it still works ?
Well, on Wednesday, April 22, Mr. Sneller's 3rd grade class from Zeeland Christian School held their annual agricultural lesson in our barn. Debruyn Seed Store was kind enough to donate the corn so that the class could test the machine.
Check out the slow-motion video shot down the throat of the sheller.
Mr. Sneller said it was the highlight of their trip !
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