In the early morning, I love walking through the tents and open spaces in the different venues of the Round Top Antiques Market taking a different route every day. It’s a great way to check out all that is available without any pressure to purchase and I get my exercise before we start our day.
Today as I walked into town for the market, I passed quite a few tents and vendor spaces with tractor seats. Some were just plain tractor seats for sale. Other vendors found a way to re-purpose those seats into something utilitarian, fun and quite interesting.
I love the idea of a see-saw with tractor seats on each end. It looks like the tractor seat would give a bit of stability to the person riding up and down. I remember as a child scooting off the end when the other person bumped the ground with too much force. This one is so well built that adults of any size can enjoy the pure joy of a childhood ride complete with the wind blowing through your hair and the giddy feel of the ride to tickle your innards and remind you of days long gone as well as a comfy tractor seat to help you stay in place.
Made from a large spring, a tractor seat and a stool base this tractor seat stool is almost as comfortable as riding a tractor. Welded in place it is secure yet the spring gives a little wiggle when sitting on it. The spring loaded tractor seat stool could be quite a hoot at your next party. A little too much to drink and your tipsy friends could get an unexpected ride.
Can’t you envision this tractor seat bench in your garden? This two-seater, tractor seat bench took a good bit of ingenuity and welding ability. The supporting ends are iron wheels welded in place to a flat piece of iron for the base, accented with horseshoes. The cross piece of square iron is braced by smaller square iron bars which makes this bench extremely stable. To complete the bench, the two tractor seats are then welded onto the square cross bar. Sitting on this bench was quite comfortable and made me think of driving the tractor on my father-in-law’s farm years ago. The way a tractor seat conforms to the shape of your bum is comfortable but only for a while; sadly, it’s still made of iron so not much cushion.
In the background of the above right photo are some more stools made from a 4 by 4 piece of wood, a circular base and a tractor seat. This is probably the most popular and easiest way to make a tractor seat stool.
Tractor seats can be found in all shapes and sizes. Some have company names formed into the mold of the seat and those bring a large price, the less expensive ones are plain wit vent holes formed by the mold when casting the metal. Cast iron, the usual material used to make tractor seats, is durable and accepts paint well when primed first.
So if you see a tractor seat for sale, consider making it into a type of seat for your yard.