Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I say pecan, you say pee-can

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.

For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.

Edwin Way Teale · 1899-1980

Old-fashioned ingenuity:
Thanks to several pecan trees in my yard, I had the honor of inheriting my granddad's pecan picker upper. Although there's fancier and costlier gizmos on the market, I suspect this timeless design is still sold in county co-ops across Mississippi.
Granddad's pecan picker upper

Granddad's bountiful pecan harvests were a testament to this tool's usefulness. With his pecan picker upper in hand, he barely stopped long enough to pose for this photo before heading back out to gather more nuts:

Surrounded by a day's pecan harvest
C B Smith · circa 1988

Newfangled improvement:
Metal coffee cans were useful enough, but their heyday is over. Plastic containers like this one have a number of benefits to make the switch painless:

  • Sturdier lids
  • Lighter weight
  • Doesn't rust
  • Easy-grip handle for toteability
All of which makes them (you knew this was coming)
the perfect pee can.


  1. Thanks for stopping by The Larsonian.

  2. There are so many pecan trees in LA that we see people just stopped along side the road picking up pecans on the roadside.


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