Sunday, May 07, 2006


I have been using a medium grit sandpaper to clean a variety of handtools I use in my garden. There's a pleasant rhythm to the work, working the rust away, then using a file and a honing stone to sharpen the tools' edges.

I re-mounted my hand cultivator on a heavy oak dowel that I shaped with a spokeshave.

These tools have been mine for years, but they feel more mine than ever now.

1 comment:

Ceres said...

Are you familiar with the books of Eric Sloane? If not, you may want to be. I doubt if many are still in print, but I'm sure there is a used book store somewhere nearby that could help you find them. Unless you already have too many books, and are more interested in a purely hands-on experience without the history and background for the tools you prefer.