Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Smallholding Tools Restorer.

There was an English shovel and a Irish shovel.  No this is not the start of a joke.  There was also a sledgehammer with no handle and 2 more hammer heads (not the shark variety) with no heads.  So what did number one son do?  He welded and cut new metal handles for three of them.  They were lying around and he decided to make them good again.



I brought the English shovel over with me nearly fifteen years a go.  Ireland and most of the world seem to like the long handled shovel.  This is often called the Celtic shovel and there are similar one's in England called the Devon shovel.  I have always been used to the bend your back t shaped English shovel.  I seem to use the long handled shovel more these days.  No jokes about council workers nipple rash from leaning on their shovels.



Two sledge hammer heads waiting their turn to be fitted with new handles.  I have since painted the tools and they look like new again.  


8 comments:

  1. Dave I don't know how many new mop heads Ive had and handles. but for sure none of it is the original! good on him for making them workable.

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    1. Hi Sol. I think a lot of products should have: "made to break" stickers on them. I think every town and village should have a blacksmith/mender workshop. In Africa they fix and repair much of the the stuff we throw away. Thanks!

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  2. Excellent work on the restorations Dave's lad. I have to admit to prefering the feel of wooden handles on the tools that I use but I'm guessing that metal ones would be stronger and more suitable for working with upon the small holding?

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    1. Thank you kind sir. I agree old tools and wooden handles do have a special feel to them. But why throw something away if it can be repaired. Thanks John!

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  3. I too brought over my English shovel. Last used it for mixing concrete because eight shovels is a bag of cement; so it is easy to gauge the mix. One other thing with the E shovel is that you can scoop up water without any spillage. Although the Irish shovel is also a spade I have yet to hear whether it has a gauge and it's not so good at scooping water either.

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    1. Hi Heron. I think horses for courses. The English shovel and the Irish shovel both have their merits. An English shovel is excellent for mixing cement and skimming off vegetation quickly. The long handled shovels are a lot easier on the back and great for loading trailers etc... Thanks!

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  4. Well done number one son, which reminds me I found a pickaxe lurking somewhere in the garden today without a handle!

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    1. Thanks Anne. I think a new pickaxe handle will be at least half the price of a new pick-axe. My favourite gardening tool is my Azada. I saw similar one's being used in the Algarve. I am sure they are a lot easier to work with when it's blazing hot. Thanks!

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