Nutcracker — Sweet!

Dad used to drive around town gathering black walnuts.  They grow seemingly everywhere back in Minnesota.   Have you ever tried to crack black walnuts?  They bear a serious resemblance to rocks.   You can’t pop them open with your everyday nutcracker that you get in the grocery store.   My Dad and Grandad transformed a wine press into a nutcracker for black walnuts.  When Mom and Dad’s things were disposed of, one of my nieces took the nutcracker rather than have it sold off.  She came down for Christmas and brought the nutcracker for Dad.

We put it on the porch for him on Christmas day and surprised him with it.  He took one look at it and said, “Well, I thought I’d seen the last of that.”  He then spent a happy afternoon cracking some black walnuts.  I’ll have to find more for him to play with.  They aren’t near as easy to find here as they are up north.

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9 Responses to Nutcracker — Sweet!

  1. SuburbanPrairie says:

    So nice of Topper to help him. 🙂

  2. poussinboi says:

    What a lovely sequence of photos, MJ.

  3. OnleeKitteh says:

    Great photos cween. Dad has “help” from Topper, while Bud says “meh”. 🙂

  4. peg4x4 says:

    That is one serious nutcracker! We,d run over them with the car..
    Make some cookies with them,they’re great..

  5. A Biker Too says:

    Naow dayuts deh wae tew gyt doez nutz, wiffa GUD neut kraykkr!!

  6. ozcatmum says:

    That looks so great! What a good idea they had to make it.
    I’ve only just seen about your ankle, MJ and probably by now you’re back on two feet and bootless. I hope so. *schmoos* And Happy New Year!

  7. We used to take black walnuts out in the garage and pound them wiffa hammer. Not an 8 ounce hammer, a 16 ounce wun. Still tuuk sum powndingz.

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