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Hand-Forged Garden Trowel
Hand forged and heavy duty, for tough weeding and planting jobs. Sharp and strong. Hickory handle. Made in Oregon. (
Hand-forged one at a time by a gardener with a lifetime of experience and a knack for innovation and recognizing good design.
Forged from saw steel and riveted to the shank, the blade tapers down to a sharp point and is knife-sharp all along its curved edges. Holds a good edge even in rocky and sandy soils. Suitable for people with medium-sized hands and average strength.
The shank of this tool is square and tapered and the end is twisted into a spiral. The handle twists as it’s driven on so it won’t ever come off. The steel is quenched in oil to bake in a protective finish that prevents rusting.
Use & Care
Designed for outside use, this tool should last for many years if properly stored inside a shed or garage when not in use. Coat blades in oil to prevent rusting. The handle will take on a varnish from the natural oils of the hand.
Production & Design
Bob Denman grew up tending his family's garden and playing with his machinist father's drill presses and grinding tools. After college, he worked as a journalist and then in advertising and eventually established his own agency and design studio with his wife. At the age of 37, a motocross accident returned him to his earliest interests. He gardened while rehabbing, and in searching for kneepads to kneel on, he found that those available were mostly inefficiently bound behind the leg, so he invented gardening pants with built-in kneepads. Bob obtained the patent for his invention but did not have the money to enforce it, so when a large gardening company knocked off his invention, he decided to take a bite out of their business and started selling gardening tools. He and his wife, Rita, ran a shop in California in the late 1980s and then relocated to Oregon in 2004.
In the beginning, Bob bought forgings for such tools as trowels and dandelion weeders and put his own handles on them. He also bought esoteric forgings from Europe, but when the company that imported them was sold, he turned to a local blacksmith to make them. The blacksmith, already 70 years old and nearing retirement, told Bob that he could learn blacksmithing himself, and so he began visiting the blacksmith's workshop in the evenings after he closed up shop to drink whiskey and play with fire. Bob's line of hand-forged tools, sold under the name Red Pig, includes a number of implements that can't be found elsewhere, either based on designs that are antique or from abroad or items that he invented because he thought they would be useful.
Each Red Pig tool is hammered, bent, and cut by hand from steel using an anvil and Bob's careful labor. In addition to making tools, Bob has been a contributor to Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines and has always written for New Pioneer Magazine.
Length: 14 inches
Width (at widest part): 2.5 inches straight across, 3 inches along curve
Hand-forged steel, hickory handle