The Combination Pick Hoe
by Jude Hobbs
chance, I found the perfect gardening tool while sauntering
by the tool rack
at a local garden store. Pausing briefly to breath the scent
of metal and wood
and stooping to try out a few likely prospects, the pick/hoe
caught my eye.
After holding it for 10 seconds I knew it was the one. Its
the tool I would
want with me if I were stranded on an island.
good tool is like an extension of your body, the continuation
appendage. The balance of this well-crafted tool allows
me to use it for tasks
requiring repetitive motion without pain. It is weighted
perfectly to most
strengths and body types.
pick/hoe has a 15-inch handle, with a three-inch pick and
hoe. I find the broader, two-inch-wide hoe side useful for
anything. I also use it for digging small holes for transplanting.
side works well for getting around roots, digging a line
for planting peas,
beans and other large-seeds, and for grubbing out rocks.
on what you use it for, this tool could outlive most of
us. If it is
treated well, the handle is apt to need replacing, but the
metal is very tough.
Just store it out of the weather. I sharpen the pick/hoe
with a file when it
needs it. As with any tool, clean it by washing off any
mud and drying. Once a
year, often in the winter, I use an environmentally friendly
oil on the handle
constructed, the combination pick-hoe is made in Japan and
imported into the US by Hida Tool and Hardware Inc. from
Berkeley, California. I asked a Japanese woman in one of
my classes to translate the writing on the handle, and she
told me it says "the village blacksmith." This
seems appropriate as the strong-forged metal shows a high
level of craftsmanship and is sure to be long-lasting.
the wedge on the top where the implement fits into the handle.
is used to keep the tool head firmly connected to the handle.
If the head
becomes loose, tap the wedge with a hammer, and it will
tighten the implement
to the handle.
order a combination pick hoe for $19.80 plus shipping and
handling, contact Hida Tool and Hardware Co., 1333 San Pablo
Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702-1021; toll free number, 888 284-7473
fax; (510) 524-3700; (510) 524-3423 fax; www.hidatool.com.
Hobbs is a horticulturist, Permaculture designer, and
instructor. She has presented workshops and courses throughout
the West for 15 years, developing curricula that encompass
diverse learning styles. Since 1982, Jude's landscape design
business has provided environmental design solutions for
urban and rural settings. She has written A Guide to Multi-Functional
Hedgerows for Oregon State University Extension Service,
and tends a forest garden in Eugene, Oregon.
Check with Jude to see when she will be offering the next
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