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#1 trowel OFFLINE  

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 10:54 AM

This is for Alc and all the other gardeners with a strong love for hand tools.
Im posting this from the old computer.
I hand forged, welded and sold these from used up 26 inch saw mill blade, blade/teeth are heat treated and tempered, trowel edge is hammered and has a slight curve at the end for less drag, handles are Hickory riveted firmly to the tool head's shank, shank is 3/4 of the way into the handle for strenght,.
still trying to find the pictures of the solid forged ones, some have Hickory handles, others are Maple.
I no longer make these to sell but can teach others how to.
Enjoy,...

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:02 AM

Those are pretty cool. So is that the reason behind your username?
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Very handsome work. I like the curves and the nice wood in the handles. First class garden tools. Thanks for showing those.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:35 AM

Very nice work, I like the bends in them!
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:46 AM

Those are pretty cool. So is that the reason behind your username?


You got it, been waiting for someone to figure that out, someday i will show my collection of trowels.

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:49 AM

I had originally thought that you started gardening with and continue to... With a trowel :bigrofl:

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:53 AM

You got it, been waiting for someone to figure that out, someday i will show my collection of trowels.


Good catch Casey. :orangecool:

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 11:58 AM

Very handsome work. I like the curves and the nice wood in the handles. First class garden tools. Thanks for showing those.

Very nice work, I like the bends in them!


Thanks a bunch guys, i was merging the best of both worlds, ergonomically designed curve in the shank to relive the stresses and bending of your wrist and quality craftsmanship of the tool itself, the tools were balanced to the weight was evenly distributed, took a while to get the angles just right and extensively tested by my Grandmother, Mother and friends who have tired wrists.
This particular line of tool is the lighter ones but still have some heft which is it's drawback.

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 12:01 PM

I had originally thought that you started gardening with and continue to... With a trowel :bigrofl:


5 days lator the garden ...might.....mabey.....could be, done,.....in a 5 x 5 feet square :thumbs:

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 12:05 PM

Those are so nice, it's almost a shame to get them dirty.

You are a very handy person with a genuine eye for the potential recycling.

Thanks for sharing the pictures, those a great!
If you have the time to share the process, I'm sure many members would love to read thru how you made those.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 12:54 PM

He either has a forge or a good vice and torch. I'm sure he has an anvil.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 02:59 PM

Great looking tools you made !!! It must be nice to make tools that fit the USER instead of ones that are mass produced to the general gardener .Hope you show us how you make them , Al
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 03:00 PM

Those are so nice, it's almost a shame to get them dirty.

You are a very handy person with a genuine eye for the potential recycling.

Thanks for sharing the pictures, those a great!
If you have the time to share the process, I'm sure many members would love to read thru how you made those.

I shall find the time, and try my best, it is hard to type it out, im more of a show-it-to-you guy but i will try.

He either has a forge or a good vice and torch. I'm sure he has an anvil.


1864 Peter Wright Anvil, 176 lb.
1890's Peter Wright 6 inch Post vice.
1900's Peter Wright 8 inch Post vice.
1920's American Eagle quiet series, 150 lb.
Off Center tongs and pliers (many handforged by me)
Scrolling tools (handforged by me)
Eastwing hammers (several handforged by me)
Cutters, Hardys and related tools (many handforged by me)
Coal forge (hand made by me)
Propane forge/tempering oven (hand made by me)
Punches.
Drifts.
Hammer eye Drifts.
Axe eye Drifts.
Hand forged specialty Drifts and punches.
Miscellaneous tools and benders.
This is not including many tools i sold after moving from Ohio to Ma. I will not get into the welding and Fab'in part.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 03:41 PM

Post Vice table bracket for a 4 inch, forged, split and punched from a 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch buggie axle and tempered to bronze.

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 04:31 PM

Very cool Jesse! I'm the guy that stands mesmerized by the blacksmith at the local fair or community days celebration! I have taked to many of the ones locally, I just already have (pardon the pun) too many irons in the fire. Great work! We'd (at least I would) love to see more!
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