Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?
A little bit off topic.
I love collecting stuff (junk) from days gone by. We had a well known local beekeeper, Mr. Crawford, who made this smoker when he was retired in the late 80's. I picked it up at a beekeeping equipment sale several years back and keep it around because it appeals to my frugal side so much.
The smoker was constructed completely from discarded recycled material. The bellows is made of plywood, vinyl upholstery, and metal trim from an olive oil container. The main canister is a used food can, and the lid was brazed and custom made with galvanized material. I can't even imagine how long it took him to construct this.
It's not a valuable or antique item, but it appeals to me because it gives me a glimpse into the ingenuity of a depression era generation who for the most part are no longer with us.
To everything there is a season....