Garden hoe I made for myself

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Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Storm Crow » Mon May 23, 2011 1:07 am

I currently live in an apartment not far from my shop. I don't have a garden, but there is a bit of a yard, and it grows a lot of grassburrs. If you aren't familiar with these, count yourself lucky. They are resilient plants and their seeds are little spheres covered with spikes that have microscopic barbs. These can easily drive deeply enough into unsuspecting flesh to draw blood and hurt like the devil to pull back out. The seeds grow in clusters, and when dry will scatter at the slightest disturbance, spreading themselves and attaching to anything mobile so they may come to soil further afield. These end up in my carpet, where they are suddenly encountered with my bare feet.

So I need to hoe the plants in my apartment's yard before they can produce seeds. I didn't have a hoe. The ones available for sale at Home Despot and similar stores are heavy, ugly, with blades at the wrong angle, likely as not made in Communist China, and generally unsatisfactory.

Good thing I have a power hammer.

This is what I forged out last week. It is forged from a single piece of scrap leaf spring that I had in my shop. I hardened and temepred it, and managed to find a handle to put it on (it was actually more difficult to find the handle than to make the head because stores expect you to buy a new tool rather than replace a handle, a sure sign of our degenerating civilization ;) ). It is held on by friction at the moment, but will be receiving a screw to help hold it on if it becomes loose.

It's lightweight, is at the correct angle for use, and is much more interesting and beautiful than what I could have found in a store. It's almost sculptural in form. And most importantly, it works well.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Ad'lan » Mon May 23, 2011 1:11 am

Very Nice!

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Fletch » Mon May 23, 2011 1:13 am

Looks like one my Grandfather had when I was a nipper - I.E. A proper tool not a mass manufactured piece o poop
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Storm Crow » Mon May 23, 2011 10:55 am

Thanks, guys!

Ad'lan - Even the farily decent hoes that my family used in the fields to hoe weeds out of our crops before i was born (and still use to hoe grassburrs and cockleburrs and such) had to have the angles of their necks altered to get it correct. There are a lot of subtleties in physics and biomechanics that goes into making a good using tool.

Fletch - I made one for my Grandpa when I was in high school, with my dad's help, using scrap from my great-grandpa's farm, on my great-grandpa's anvil. Four generations connected with it, and I'm the only one still alive. I still have that hoe, and use it when I'm home. It's a bit heavy, so no one else wants to use it, but I'll put up with the weight for the memories.
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by fungusmunkey » Mon May 23, 2011 2:11 pm

If you ever offer these for sale I would be interested! Something like this would last the rest of my life.

Modern hoes are the worst garden tool made these days, i destroy them way too often. Rakes are #2 on the destruction list followed by shovels, but those tend to last longer.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by JTNieman » Mon May 23, 2011 2:19 pm

I approve of everything in this thread.

I was actually surprised that my local Home Despot had bare handles for sale! I assumed everything went the way of the throw-away society but apparently the handyman and do-it-yourselfer still has a bit of a market for tool maintenance, as they had bare, sanded, sealed handles ready for your favorite tool attachment.

I tell ya what, it's hard to find a good yard tool, too. I had to buy a steel tine-rake for weed in the garden, and a hoe, and sheesh.. it's hard to find a well attached tool and not some stupid stamped steel piece of crap that's just screwed to a hunk of wood or fiberglass, or just wedge-fit into the thing. Then most of the tools aren't even a solid piece of steel, but rather are TACK WELDED onto the bar attached to the handle. They looked like the first bit of surface rust would render it broken after a decent swing into the dirt. I had to buy the second-most expensive tool they had, just to get a decent, forged, monolithic hunk of steel. Sheesh.

Your piece there looks fantastic! There's a lot of character in that metal, man. The grain, the tool marks, and the craftsmanship.. it is fantastic! Love your work, so no surprise there..

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by BlueSilkRibbon » Mon May 23, 2011 2:29 pm

Very nicely done although I prefer a back alley Ho to a garden Ho
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Post by FrANkNstEin » Mon May 23, 2011 3:31 pm

Worksmanship at it´s best! :D

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Stercutus » Tue May 24, 2011 1:48 am

How well does that rounded head cut the soil as opposed to a straight blade? What kind of soil are you using it in?

Nice looking hoe BTW, you would never find one in the stores because to make it more functional and nicer looking you used extra material and labor. Such considerations are left by the way side with simple objects. Nice job.
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Crimson Phoenix » Tue May 24, 2011 2:00 am

What else have you built? It's great to see somehow who can just go back to his shop and build a new tool when he needs one or mends one he broke.

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Post by xombiechow » Tue May 24, 2011 3:30 am

Nice!
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Confucius » Tue May 24, 2011 8:22 am

fungusmunkey wrote:If you ever offer these for sale I would be interested! Something like this would last the rest of my life.
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This is a fantastic looking hoe, if you ever do decide to make a few to sell, let me know.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Storm Crow » Wed May 25, 2011 12:22 am

Fungusmonkey and Confucius - I'll take y'all up on that if y'all're serious about buying one. I need to take another look at what it takes to make this and figure a price, and I'll send you a PM.

JamesCannon - They do carry some handles, but their selection is very limited. I couldn't find a hoe handle there. Their sledge hammer handles are too big to fit a hand decently.

Blacksmith - Seems to do fine, though I haven't had a chance to do much more than test it out. I think I'd make the steel of the neck thicker on the next one just for insurance, but it'll do fine against anything that isn't woody. As for the soil, fairly standard dirt. Not gumbo, clay, sand, caliche, rock, or what have you. Just dirt. :)

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by congochris » Wed May 25, 2011 6:29 am

Storm Crow making garden tools? :shock: Oh man, I need money. I just want a garden rake (the three pronged ones) that won't break or bend in the Colorado Clay. I've been through more of those damn things than I like to think about.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Confucius » Wed May 25, 2011 9:17 am

Storm Crow wrote:Fungusmonkey and Confucius - I'll take y'all up on that if y'all're serious about buying one. I need to take another look at what it takes to make this and figure a price, and I'll send you a PM.
Provided the price is right (which is admittedly a rather fluid measurement depending greatly on how much money is in the bank and how well my car is running) for the head I'd absolutely buy one. It's a piece of extremely functional art that could stick around long after I kick it, I don't think there's a store-bought hoe that any of that could be said about.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by ZMace » Wed May 25, 2011 1:26 pm

I've sent a PM too, but just wanted to chime in as interested in a hoe.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by raptor » Wed May 25, 2011 2:32 pm

Very nice.

IMO a hoe is the most useful gardening tool ever invented and one that is often overlooked. It is the original back saving tool.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Rainbird » Wed May 25, 2011 3:58 pm

Great Job!!!

How did you ancor the head to the handle? Did you put them together with the head still hot?
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by 2now » Wed May 25, 2011 10:13 pm

Nice tool, how sharp did you make it?

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Storm Crow » Thu May 26, 2011 12:28 am

All right, officially added, along with camp axes, to the lineup of offerings from Helm Enterprises, Forging Division: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/2011/05/g ... d-for.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Rainbird - This one is friction-fit. I used a drawknife, shaved down the end of the handle, tried it, pulled it off, checked where it was contacting, shaved some more, and so forth until it was contacting all the way around. Then I tapped it down. I can knock it back off right now if need be, and if it gets loose I will add a screw hole. Those for sale will have a screw for extra assurance.

2now - Sharp enough. :mrgreen: It has a good edge.
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by Confucius » Thu May 26, 2011 8:49 am

65 is a good price for the head, I'll have to see how things are next payday.

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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by arrowolf » Thu May 26, 2011 9:42 am

raptor wrote:Very nice.

IMO a hoe is the most useful gardening tool ever invented and one that is often overlooked. It is the original back saving tool.
Only if the handles are long enough. Grandad's hoe handle was longer than he was tall so he didn't have to bend over to use it. He made it himself from a shaved down cedar sapling. These 4-5 foot handles on most tools are back breakers.
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Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

Post by DarkandShiny » Thu May 26, 2011 10:07 am

If you haven't read Gene Logsdon you're missing out.

Here is what he's written about a good hoe

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