My 15-year-old Mira Trowel disappeared in the garden last spring. I couldn’t find it anywhere. And this afternoon, there it was, stuck in a flowerbed where I had left it. The leaves had died back to expose it. The blade and handle (which was oiled every year) are as good as when I last used it, but the ferrule is a bit rusted.
As well as telling the story of how the tools project happened, our experiences of using the tools (including the slug and snail effect) and speculations about the relationship between copper and iron, the Kindle edition of our booklet has a new chapter, “Copper or bronze?”.
Here are some of the Maia Dibbers. The one nearest the front is made of apple wood. A neighbour of PKS in Austria contacted them to ask if they wanted the wood from an apple tree they were about to cut down.
Other handles are oak, ash and beech, all locally sourced. We can’t guarantee which wood your dibber handle will be made of. It depends which trees were ready to be felled recently.
Before storing the tools in the shed for the winter, it is a good idea to give the wooden handles and shafts a coating of oil. We supply refillable glass bottles of boiled linseed oil: an attractive addition to the shelf of the toolshed.
And if you order two or more large tools we will add a bottle, free of charge.
Packing the larger tools to arrive safely is a challenge. We now use cardboard rolls from a local carpet shop to protect the shafts, and used cardboard from a local department store for the ends. Economical and environmentally friendly, we hope. Here is a Sirius Hoe,http://www.implementations.co.uk/…/product-de…/25/sirius-hoe
ready for collection by the delivery company.
These tool pouches are made about three miles away, especially for us by our customer Anne. They are made of hemp with pre-shrunk cotton binding. The adjustable waist strap clips on, so the pouch can sit on the gardener’s hip while working. ‘Where did I put my trowel? Here it is!’
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