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#1 DanO OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2011 - 03:58 PM

Polish Farmers Built One of a Kind Tractors ! Necessity Truely was the Mother of Invention For these Tractors...Pretty Cool!!!!

The Żak Gallery in Berlin is currently running a delightful exhibition
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Łukasz Skąpski, "Machines", 2005-2007, Courtesy Żak Gallery
In the '60s Poland it was almost impossible to acquire a tractor in Poland. Agricultural machines produced by the country were available mainly for state-owned enterprises. For private farmers these tractors were too expensive and they weren't even robust or efficient enough for the mountain region. Out of necessity they constructed their own machines using spare parts and bits and pieces from whatever machines they could find. Including decommissioned army vehicles and pre-WWI German machines.
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Łukasz Skąpski, "Machines", 2005-2007, Courtesy Żak Gallery
Since 2005 Łukasz Skąpski has been traveling all over Poland to document the story of the tractors hand-constructed by farmers. He also made a video where farmers talk fondly about their machines, how it goes faster than it is allowed, how they can drive very steep roads with it and how robust the vehicle is. Considered that somewere built decades ago most of them look like little marvels.
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Łukasz Skąpski, "Machines", 2005-2007, Courtesy Żak Gallery
Also at the Żak gallery is Skapski's latest photo series of self-made houseboats.
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Łukasz Skąpski, "Machines", 2005-2007, Courtesy Żak Gallery
On view at the Żak Gallery in Berlin until March 3.
Fotopolis has a few more pics.
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Posted March 11, 2011 - 04:06 PM

Very cool post , Thanks for the pictures !!!!!

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Posted March 11, 2011 - 04:09 PM

Thanks for the cool Photos :thumbs:

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Posted April 02, 2011 - 10:46 AM

Wow, those are awesome. Those are what I needed, growing up on a farm.

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Posted April 02, 2011 - 11:21 AM

Those are neat.It's funny you should post them,I was just looking at them yesterday.

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Posted April 02, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Very cool, it is amazing what people can come up with when the need arises. I wonder if they geared the motorcycles down to better handle the loads especially for uphill.




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