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History in tools, any stories to tell?Posted Sunday, May 9, 2010, at 8:25 PM
As I was hoeing a couple of rows to plant beans tonight, I started thinkg about the history of the tool I had in my hand. Regrettably, I don't know it or even remember how I got it. It is much older than any I would have bought so I can only presume that I got it at an auction or yard sale. It probably has seen many a garden and served many a gardener.
I have a 4-tine hayfork that has special meaning to me, as well as a double-edged axe. The fork was bought for me 22 years ago by my father while my parents were visiting us in Mississippi. I was struggling with an old hayfork that had seen its prime long ago and Dad could not stand to see me work with a wobbly head tool.
I broke a tine off it some years ago, but because of who I got it from, I had it welded back on. In our disposable society I might have just gotten another, but I remembered their frugality and "did the right thing".
Anyone have a story about their favorite tool?
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