J T wrote:
Thanks JT for that suggestion. Another guy emailed me with similar advice, a spring-pole lathe. I know what they are like, for sure, and it will do the job. I'm a machine guy myself and love the power tools but a great suggestion nontheless.
I would ask them Indians about their toos but, gosh golly, they don't talk to me. When I said hello to some guys with what looked like heirloom tools they would not say a word to me. Some Indians probably resent seeing our white faces out in the same rice as them. I guess I would be pissed too if I was a Native American. I am rich and white so what do I care? A little reverse discrimination don't bother me too much.
However, I know that tribal leaders have said that they want the whites to harvest also. Ricing has been declining among young Natives and they welcome all who continue the traditional ways. It seems youg people are more interested in video games and hourly wages than they are hard labor for little wages. The act of ricing actually propagates the rice because a lot of grain falls into the water. It also encourages the wildlife, mainly birds, since they are not able to feed on the rice until it falls on the water. The DNR even buys unprocessed grain for the purpose of re-seeding damaged beds.
Ricing on the Indian Reservation is allowed only to those are members of the tribe and/or residents of the reservation. The best ricing is on these reservations so they have plenty of space to harvest without having to see my white face, is one way to look at it. We do our ricing outside the reservation boundary, obviously.