Thursday, 3 June 2010

VTT 15 - Hoe

This week's vintage thingie is something quite different. It is a tool DH uses a lot in Summer, when there is so much digging and gardening to do. This week he made me a raised vegetable bed, and used this hoe to dig compost soil for it.



The hoe could be seen as a symbol of our family, as the blade is from DH's mother. The handle was broken, so she had a new hoe for her garden. My father made the new handle from a piece of  wood with a natural curve, and my DH combined these two in the first year of our marriage, in the early 1980's. The blade is much older.



Every autumn he cleans the hoe with brush and water and greases the blade to protect it from rust.



The handle is smooth as silk by the hands of the two most important men in my life: my late father, who cut it, and my dear husband, who has used it so much.



I'm growing radishes, peas, lettuce and chive, and calendula flowers. Nothing yet to bee seen above ground!

Coloradolady Suzanne is hosting VTT again, and her list of links is long and interesting.  Be sure to visit everyone.

         


Thank you for coming by! Happy VTT!

14 comments:

  1. That is a great tool and story. Very unique.

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  2. A practical and beautiful man tool VTT post! Love it!

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  3. With a great imagination and skill, that old hoe turned out to be a new tool for today's use.

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  4. They certainly knew how to make their tools back then! It looks both beautiful and practical. My late father-in-law used to collect old farm/gardentools, made out of iron,(he was also a blacksmith and knew how to make them) and hubby is just the same.

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  5. Mr. K. has done a wonderful job making the raised bed - and the soil looks so rich! What a fantastic tool and history behind it as well - they definitely don't make them like this anymore! Your garden is extra special with this, Ulla!
    Cheers!

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  6. What a great tool you have on your hands! I love how your husband has kept it alive and working with his care- that's fabulous! Happy VTT and thanks for sharing today!

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  7. What a treasure you have...you wouldn't perhaps think about a hoe having such wonderful memories and meaning. It truly is a treasure.. and I'm so glad you have it.
    Happy VTT..

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  8. Looks like a very useful garden tool. I like that is has been handed down through the family - a great link to the past.

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  9. They don't make them like that anymore!! Love it!
    Paulette

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  10. That design is awesome! I've never seen anything like it.

    It looks like you have a little raised vegetable bed like I do. I'm only growing herbs this year though -- my last two crops over the last 2 years failed miserably. Herbs are practically indestructible!

    Happy VTT! http://serendipityhandmade.blogspot.com/search/label/vtt

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  11. That is a wonderful & Useful treasure! Can't even tell that this hoe is a few decades old ! Happy weekend Ulla !

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  12. Wow, that is very cool. Great story.

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  13. Very lovely story and something to cherish and use for a long long time :)

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