[permaculture] Scythes and similar devices

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Tue Jul 1 03:02:22 EDT 2003

Sharon Gordon wrote:
> I'd appreciate some suggestions for a good quality scythe or similar cutting
> device.

Scythe Supply - see reference below:


November 3, 2002 Revision
Gardening Hand Tool Sourcelist

Farm & Garden Hand Tool Sourcelist


 >> Irish brush hook.

Bulldog Tools makes an Irish Brush Hook
You will have to get a printed catalog to see it
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early days are still maintained and are available to you today, in the products
you will find in this web site.
All products are fully guaranteed against faulty workmanship and material

Available from:
James Cooksons
Cheshire, UK
FREEPHONE, In UK: 0800 458 5752
FAX: +44 (161) 480 8579
(Maybe someone from the UK in the PC List could phone Cooksons and find out
their overseas telephone number and post that to the list. Graham?)
cooksons.com ltd.
Armstrong House
Swallow Street
United Kingdom
Cooksons carries all Bulldog tools and will do mail order to the USA

For more info and reviews of Bulldog Tool see:

Other sources for Bulldog Tools, Spear and Jackson Tools and more:

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
P.O. Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Tel:(530) 272-4769  Order Toll Free (888) 784-1722
Email:contact at groworganic.com

Smith & Hawken 800/776-3336  800-9401170  http://www.smith-hawken.com

Gardener's Supply Co.  800/863-1700   http://www.gardeners.com
See the Swwiss-made (60' handle X 6" head) 4-prong cultivator and the long
handled spade and long-handled fork (Bulldog)
phone (707) 766-9303  FAX: (707) 766-9747

Order by mail: P.O. Box 750776, Petaluma, CA 94975-0776.
This is the article in Taunton's "Kitchen Garden" magazine
with a review of the Broadfork from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
that I mentioned in an earlier post, also covers the old
Smith & Hawken 3-tine grub eyehoe which is now available in a modified
format from Hida Tool (http://www.hidatool.com - 800/443-5512) as their "Farmer
Rake" also Bulldog spades and forks.
For more articles in Kitchen Garden (no longer in print) see:

Seeds of Change
Record Tools North America (Canada, wholesale)

The Bulldog heavy-duty digging spade, spade fork and digging fork are three
basic tools for a raised bed gardener

 > Then I'd take my brush scythe to the rest.

This is the best and most complete scythe dealer in the USA:
Scythe Supply
they offer several types of brush and ditch scythes and well as the grass/grain

 > A Swede axe is good on small trees.

Gransfors is a brand that comes to mind though there are others, available from:

Garrett Wade or Lee Valley Tools

Also: Ralph Martindale & Co., Ltd.
Wonderful machetes, like you've never seen before - you can do an amazing lot of
clearing with a good machete: grasses, woody weeds, cornstalks, saplings, trees
See my Gardening Handtool Sourcelist:
http://market-farming.com/gardening-hand-tools.faq for contact info
for RM, Ltd. - also Crocodile USA/www.karnaf.com, the Chillington/Ralph
Martindale Ltd. USA Representative will import these tools for you;
Contact: Ilan Segura  ilan at karnaf.com   408-888-7478   Santa Clara, Calif.
Website: (these tools are in stock in their US warehouse:)
Importer of Ralph Martindale machetes and Chillington eye hoes, spades and forks

Fa. A. Sneeboer
De Tocht 3a
1611 HT Bovenkarspel
The Netherlands
tel. +31 (0)228 511 365
fax +31 (0)228 514 524
e-mail: info at sneeboer.com
Manufacturer of exclusive handforged garden tools in stainless steel.
Spades, planters, trenching and drainage tools, digging forks, tilthing forks, etc.
small hand tools, dibbles, rakes and more.

Other links to info on Sneeboer Tools:

Available in the U.S.A. from:

Garrett Wade Co., Inc.
161 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10013
By e-mail: mail at garrettwade.com
Toll Free Telephone: 800 221 2942 (USA and Canada)
Toll Free Fax: 800 566 9525
International Telephone: 212 807 1155
Garrett Wade carries a line of Sneeboer Tools
spades, one of the finest 4-tine digging spade forks ever made - T-handled long
and short versions to a narrower 3-tine version, a large, heavy-duty tool for getting the
job done, from tilthing a garden bed to turning it. See them at this URL:
"The 3-Tine Border Fork (6" wide) is somewhat lighter to use than the larger
4-Tine (9" wide). Both are 47" long. The Long Planting Spade is designed to
be wedged in the earth in one stroke - and is 43-1/2" long overall. The 5
small Hand Tools have handles of Cherry. These are exceptional,
commercial-quality garden tools - for those who want to use the best."
Other Sneeboer Tools at GW:
"The Large and the "Ladies" Digging Spades are 45 and 42-1/2" long overall
respectively with blades about 6" wide. The short and long Planting Spades
are 22" and 43-1/2" long overall. The "flat" pointed blades on these are
designed to be "wedged" in the earth in one stroke and to make a planting
pocket with one move of the handle. (Note: The Small size is used when
working on your knees.) These tools feature Ash hardwood handles."


Boxhill Farm Nursery
Phone: 425.788.6473
E-mail: Boxhillfarm at mindspring.com
14175 Carnation-Duvall Road
Duvall, WA 98019
"Sneeboer Tools Hand crafted to perfection In the small town of Bovenkarspel, in the Westfrisian area of
Holland, three brothers Aad, Jaap and Frank make hand forged garden tools. Their grandfather Arie, founded
the company in 1913, and their father, Paul, continued it after the war. Much of the company remains
unchanged; the coal fire, an anvil, the hammering. What has changed are the customers; formerly market
gardeners, they are now private gardeners with a passion for their garden and good quality tools. As well as
the standard range of tools, the Sneeboer brothers can make tools to suit individual needs if required, from
hand tools to full sized garden tools. Always made from the best stainless steel and the finest wood, anyone
who has ever had a Sneeboer garden tool in his hand will never want to use anything else."

3244 Hwy. 116 North
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-9125
FAX (707) 823-1734
info at harmonyfarm.com

Woodworking and gardening tools and hardware.
Garden tools:
Lots of useful and well-made domestic and imported gardening hand tools;
See their product category listing.
E-mail: From anywhere in the world: customerservice at leevalley.com
Customer Service: From USA: 1-800-267-8735
 From Canada: 1-800-267-8761
 From other countries: 1-613-596-0350

To Place an Order
 From USA: 1-800-871-8158
 From Canada: 1-800-267-8767
 From other countries: 1-613-596-0350

Our telephones are staffed Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and from 9 am to 5
pm on Saturday (Eastern Time). We are closed on Sundays. Answering machines are
used outside these hours.
 From USA: 1-800-513-7885
 From Canada: 1-800-668-1807
 From other countries: 1-613-596-6030

Our fax machines are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Letter Mail:
 From USA:
 From Canada and other countries:
Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 1780
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780

Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 6295, Station J
Ottawa, ON K2A 1T4


European Scythes
Scythe Supply
Elliot Fishbein
496 Shore Road
Perry, Maine, 04667
(207) 853-4750
info at scythesupply.com

European scythes, blades, snaths, acccessories, information & scythe preparation
"Scythe Supply offers European style scythes, scythe
blades, snaths, whetstones, hammers, anvils and equipment."

Quality Scythe Supply (Turk's Head), Marugg, Schmeide, Redenbacher & Green River
Tool blades; Marugg (curved & straight) & Green River Tool snaths; complete scythe
systems; accessories: stones, anvils, hammers, sheaths, peening jigs, ring clamps &
keys; standard & custom outfits, custom sizing; sharpening & repair; books; workshop,
photo gallery & links; excellent website with much information on scythe use,
maintenance and history.


Hida Tool & Hardware, Inc.
Phone: 510-524-3700 Toll-free: 1-800-443-5512
Email: hidatool at hidatool.com
1333 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702
Pix on the above page - get the Farmer Hoe and Farmer Rake;
there's also a Middle Farmer Hoe that's lighter
Farmer Hoe  G-2002  $44.90     Farmer Rake  G-2001  $46.80

Lee Valley Tools:
 From US:
Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 1780
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780
 From elsewhere:
Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 6295, Station J
Ottawa, ON K2A 1T4
Customer Service:
customerservice at leevalley.com
 From USA: 1-800-267-8735
 From Canada: 1-800-267-8761
 From other countries: 1-613-596-0350
To Place an Order
 From USA: 1-800-871-8158
 From Canada: 1-800-267-8767
 From other countries: 1-613-596-0350
Hoe page:
(pix on this page)
and order the Vineyard Hoe (pointed) 43" handle $16.95
and Italian-Style Hoe (square) 43" or 51" handles  $13.50


Garrett Wade
161 Avenue of the Americas
NY, NY 10013
1 800 221 2942

Imported Dutch T-Handled Garden Forks:
3-tine long garden fork (6")
4-tine long digging fork (9") (very fine tool)
4-tine short planting fork (6")

Imported Dutch T-Handled Garden Spades:
Long planting spade
Short planting spade
Border shovel
Large digging shovel (very fine tool)


You can find three variants on the Japanese eye hoe (from S & H in past years)
available in hardware stores and mail order:

A nice short-handled Portuguese-made eyehoe from Lee Valley Tools -
two types of heads & less than $20 each - excellent quality cast steel head,
well designed with a good heavy duty handle

Several eyehoes from Hida Tool Co., Japanese-made:
  -Farmer Hoe - like the old S&H but lighter duty - still a beautiful tool -
same proportions on blade and with the usual slight tapering of blade thickness
from edge to eye
  -Farmer Rake - this is one of the most beautiful tools I have ever seen -
heavy duty - three flat 1" wide, very long, tapered (in thickness) tines in a
wide  configuration, heavy Japanese oak handle -  a lifetime tool to do real
work with -  there is no other tool like it on the market today - its not a rake
but is a digger/tilther/earth mover/weeder - a serious tool for the serious gardener
  -Ridge-Making Hoe - This, too, is a serious heavy-duty large hilling hoe for
prepping  raised beds and rows and generally moving dirt. .

Hida Tool and Hardware Co.
hidatool at hidatool.com
1333 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley,  CA 94702
510-524-3700  (telephone)     510-524-3423 (fax)
9:00 to 5:00 (PT) Mon to Sat
1-800-443-5512 (telephone)    1-888-524-7473(fax)
Hand tools
Japanese Woodworking tools
Handcrafted Japanese Garden & Bomsai Tools
(there's no pix of these tools & you'll probably have to call them to
get a price (about $45 each) Get the Hida Tool catalog to get the price sheet

The Ames or Seymour versions that are made in Austria - lots of
different head configurations, nicely made forged
but none as functional or heavy as the Japanese version - not pricey and
available from AE  Leonard mail order and many hardware stores

"MUTT" from Lowes or Home Depot, heat and bend the blade to make
it into a hoe; has a socket for a long handle - beautiful tapered blade, heavy,
long --  has lots of potential - comes in two versions:
long/narrow, short/wide - all have 1/4" steel or better - heat treat and
temper it for better edge-holding and weed/turf slicing


From: rick valley <bamboogrove at cmug.com>:

Marugg Co.
for scythes
<Marugg at BLomand.Net>


Hida Tool Co.
for Japanese gardening, carpentry and bamboo working tools

They're a fine outfit, excellent service & the best quality -
Japanese tools come in a huge range of quality.

Hida is the Co. I get the Ebinata from, a hatchet-type
tool I wrote up for the Activist once- great for mulching up trees.

Another fine company is Bellota, out of the Basque country in Spain- I have a
10yr-old catalog and one eye hoe, beautifully forged of incredible steel-
double-ended, a three-inch chisel & two 5/8 inch prongs on the other.
They also manufacture in Venezuela.
Tel. 34-43-730-000. Fax 34-43-733-524.
Expect Spanish, but they'd probably love it if you spoke Basque.

ARS saws and pruners are also favorites of mine; a wholesale source of them
and more, that'll lead you to a retail source is Barnel: (800) 877-9907 or
<info at barnel.com>

Rick Valley,
Rick Valley Northern Groves
PO Box 1236, Philomath, OR 97370
Mobile-(541)602-1315, hm.& msg. (541)929-7152
Bamboo catalog $2 or at <http://www.teleport.com/~dbrooks/bamboo.html>
"Useful Bamboos and other plants - Permaculture education - Ecological design
& consultation centering on water, landform and horticultural systems"

Broadforks or U-Bar Diggers:

Eliot Coleman's design sold by Johnny's Selected Seeds as
"Johnny's Broadfork". $109.00. Description (edited) from Johnny's website:
"Eliot Coleman design, Maine made. A remarkably light but strong 24"
wide steel fork base with 10 1/2" long tines and 50" oiled ash handles.
(in the picture on the website it looks like it may have 5 or 6 tines)


Peaceful Valley Farm Supply offers a very heavy steel
alloy/non-rusting, tig-welded model which was written
up in Taunton Press'  "Kitchen Gardener" in an article about the
author's favorite tools. PVFS calls this tool the "Deep Spader".
The four pointed tines are 16" long; tool width is 18". The tine section
is bolted to to the long handle made of 1" pipe. The Deep Spader weighs
30 pounds and costs $139.00.

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Toll free: 1-888-784-1722
PO BOx 2209
Grass Valley, Calif., 95945


A.M. Leonard catalogue has a great cast broad fork for around $80.00
delivered.  It is great for digging through compost, straw, etc; very
well made and a dream to use (800) 543-8955.


Burgon & Ball Ltd
Sales & Marketing Office
Burgon & Ball Ltd
Sir Peter Thompson House
Market Close
Poole Dorset
BH15 1NE
Specialist manufacturers of agricultural & garden hand tools since 1730!
for mail order sales call - 0114 233 8262 alternatively fax - 0114 285 2518
for trade sales call - 01202 684 141 alternatively fax - 01202 684 242
Sheep care tools, shears, pruners, scythes, knives, billhooks, scythe stones,
silage and hay knives, topiary shears

The Chillington Tool Company
011 44 1902 826826 Telephone (for USA access; this translates from: +44 (0) 1902 826826)
Mr. Lawrence Askey (laskey at ralphmartindale.com)
A Ralph Martindale Group Company
crocodile at chillington.co.uk
Crocodile USA (Chillington's USA Branch)
info at crocodileusa.com
The Ralph Martindale Group of Companies
E-mail: Crocodile at RalphMartindale.co.uk
Ralph Martindale (Birmingham) Ltd
Telephone: +44 (0) 1902 826826  Fax: +44 (0) 1902 826827
Crocodile House, Strawberry Lane, Willenhall, West Midlands WV13 3RS, England
Ralph Martindale & Co., Ltd.
Web: www.ralphmartindale.co.uk    E-mail: crocodile at ralphmartindale.co.uk
Matchets Agricultural Hand Tools
Cane Knives   Survival Knives
Sharpening Files & Saws   Knives & Files
Digging/Construction Tools    Sickles
Sheaths     Gardening Tools
 From their website:
"The genuine "Crocodile" blade is made from hot rolled high quality British Steel by our own Mill.
The strip is tapered in section to optimise the unique cutting characteristics with the weight of
the tool. Each face of the blade has three grooves which assist the blade's removal from sapwood.
The grooves extend to the tang of the blade to form a mechanical lock with the handle.
Our product is therefore lightweight and easy to use. The blade is roll forged to give an
outstandingly well balanced tool to meet the arduous demands of rural farmers throughout the
tropical regions of the world. Only "Crocodile" brand machets are made from tapered steel section
with grooves which makes our product distinctly better than our competitors. Quality is assured
because we control every stage of production from steel billet to finished machet.
Every blade is individually tested to ensure the hardened and tempered steel characteristics
conform to our strict quality controls. We guarantee 100% inspection.
All our handles are made from German beech wood. We monitor the moisture content of the timber
to make sure the product is consistent and does not split under normal circumstances.
The timber is cross-sawn for maximum strength and stability. The handle is fitted to the blade
with solid steel rivets and washers. A special factory fitting technique is employed which has
been perfected from 125 years experience to ensure our product is the best value for money
and outlasts the life of other brands."
The Chillington Tool Company
A Ralph Martindale Group Company
Web: www.chillington.co.uk   E-mail: crocodile at chillington.co.uk
 From their website:
"The Chillington Tool Company has been supplying the agricultural and construction
industries with quality hot forged Hoes and Forks for over one hundred years.
Using high carbon British steel, Chillington sets the highest standard for quality
worldwide. Chillington manufactures a large selection of patterns in a wide range of
sizes. Chillington Hoes and Forks are sold throughout the world under a number of
different brand names, the most famous being the "Crocodile". All Chillington products
are recognised as the hallmark of quality, durability and reliability."
Crocodile USA
Highest Quality hot forged Hoes and Forks
Tel: (408) 330-9222
Fax: (408)-330-9221
457 Mathew St.
Santa Clara, CA 95050, USA
info at crocodileusa.com
For a complete display of tools available see:
See also:

(old contact information:)
The Chillington Tool Co.Ltd.,
Bridge Road, Haywards Heath,
West Sussex, RH16 1UA, UK.
Phone :  + 1444 417 220  Fax :  + 1444 457 662

"The prices seem pretty reasonable, and they do Mail Order.
They're a set of tools where the blade is set at a right
angle to the handle - used like a mattock, and very versatile,
as you can dig, cut through roots, hoe etc.
Whenever you see farm workers in the Developing World on TV,
they're using this type of tool,"


(Possibly out of date contact information:)
Tel. 34-43-730-000. Fax 34-43-733-524
agricultural handles, garden, hoes & forks, machetes, prunning range, sickles & scythes
See a complete display of Forks and Hoes at:
Sickles and Scythes here:
Machetes here:
Agricultural handles here:
UN Norte America
Corona Clipper, Inc.
Tel. +1 909 7376515
Fax. +1 909 7378657
mkt at corona.bellota.com
A Bellota Company
Corona Clipper, 1540 East Sixth Street, Corona, California 92879
Phone: General Office: (909) 737-6515, Toll Free Sales Office: (800) 847-7863,
Toll Free Customer Service: (800) 234-2547, Fax: (909) 737-8657
mkt at corona.bellota.com
Human resources
rrhh at corona.bellota.com


Tata Steel
 From their website:
TATA Agrico, a division of Tata Steel is the pioneer manufacturer of superior
quality agricultural implements in the country. Since 1925, it has been the
leading manufacturer of Shovels, Powrahs, Crowbars, Kudalies, Pickaxe and Hammers.
These implements cater to the needs of Agricultural, Horticulture Industry,
Maintenance of Roads, Dams, Railway- Tracks, Collieries, etc., in India and abroad.
See this page for an amazing display of eye hoes:


Seobong Bldg., 72, Samjeon-dong, Songpa-ku, Seoul,
Korea (South)
"Farm & Garden Tool" IN CHINA
Phone: 82-2-419-8940
Fax: 82-2-419-5542
Contact: President / Dan Lee.
E-mail: woongchuen at woongchuen.com
See this page for an impressive display of hoes, shovels, forks and other farm and garden tools:


panzeri.tools at iol.it
via Luigi e Pietro Pozzoni n.16
24034 Cisano Bergamasco ITALY
Tel. +39 035 787016 Fax +39 035 787555
Costruzioni Attrezzi Agricoli da Giardino e Forestali
Manufacturing Agricultural Tools  Forestry Tools  Gardening Tools  Hand tools forged


Agricultural Hand Tools
MICROCER  - KANJIZA - Exprt-Import trading company
Voice contact is on hungarian and serb languages. Fax and other (E-mail) send on European languages.
Strosmajer  22.
24420 Kanizsa
office at microcer.co.yu
(+381) 024 873-435
(+381) 024 874-435


Okapi Knives
Cane, Bush and Assorted Agricultural Knives


The Striking Tools Company
Gardening and agricultural hand tools
C - 1/19, Safdarjang Development Area
New Delhi -110016
info at strikingtools.net


Interesting picture of handmade hoes, froes and adzes


Japanese gardening tools:
Japanese KAMA scythes are of high-quality steel
and come in a size to suit every need. Their knives
(splitting bamboo etc) are excellent.
For more information contact Matsumoto-san,
a permaculture activist in Japan with good contacts with many local
factories that make high quality tools, often by hand. His address is:

Noboru Matsumoto
402 Shiyona-Zho
Aichi, Japan.
Catherine Pawasarat (asaka at gol.com) should know his email address

Seeds of Change
Bulldog Garden Tools
(made in England at factory in Wigan, sold under the Record name)
Seeds of Change®
PO Box 15700
Santa Fe NM 87506
Email address:
gardener at seedsofchange.com

Bountiful Gardens
1999 Main Catalog
-- Biointensive and organic --
garden seed and supplies
Garden tools and supplies:
Spear & Jackson digging tools (D-handles fork & spade,
other English & oriental tools
Bill and Betsy Bruneau, Managers
Bountiful Gardens 18001 Shafer Ranch Road, Willits, CA 95490-9626 USA
voice/fax 707-459-6410
Email: bountiful at zapcom.net
(C) Copyright 1999, Ecology Action of the Midpeninsula, Inc. dba Bountiful Gardens.

Garden Tools of Maine
RR2, Box 2208, Holden, Maine 04429
Phone: 888 271 2672 Fax: 888 271 2674
Email: gtmaine at aol.com
Hortus Ornamenti
"Fine Gardening Tools
Hortus Ornamenti prides itself on producing some of the finest quality
hand made gardening tools and accessories available today. The designs
are inspired by those of bygone eras, these are ideal gifts for
the discerning gardener."

Hortus Ornamenti
23 Cleveland Road
West Sussex
PO19 2HF
United Kingdom

+44(0)1243 782467

Email to fax:
remote-printer.Hortus_Ornamenti at
Lee Valley & Veritas

"If you have ideas for new tools (either gardening or woodworking),
or other recommendations, we would like to hear from you.
You can reach us by mail at these addresses:
USA & International

We serve USA and international customers by mail order. Packages can be
shipped by UPS ground to anywhere in continental USA. Packages to Alaska and
Hawaii are shipped by UPS air.

Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
Mail Order Center
12 East River Street
P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669-6780

We serve Canada by mail order and through our retail stores. See our store
location maps for the store nearest you.

Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
Mail Order Center
1090 Morrison Drive
P.O. Box 6295, Stn. J, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1T4

or by telephone at these numbers:
or e-mail us at customerservice at leevalley.com
A. M. Leonard
Sales: (sales at amleo.com)
Customer: Service (custserv at amleo.com)
General Information: (info at amleo.com)
To order call toll free number 24 hours a day at (800) 543-8955.
Customer Service/Technical Assistance call 8:00am - 5:00pm EST at (800) 543-8955.
Fax: 24 hours a day, toll free, at (800) 433-0633

A. M. Leonard, Inc.
241 Fox Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356-0816

Tree maintenance and nursery equipment, miscellaneous gardening/landscaping
tools/supplies, eye hoes, scythes
Smith & Hawken												
"Tools of the Trade - A Complete Source For the Organic Gardener"
2 Arbor Lane, Box 6900
Florence, Kentucky, 41022-6900
Customer Service: 1-800-776-5558
General info:
25 Corte Madera
Mill Valley, California, 94941

Also excellent! you may need to ask them what tools they
have for sale that are not listed in their catalogue,
held-over stock offered in out-of-date ones -
i.e. the 4"X7" Japanese field hoe (grub-type eye hoe using 1 3/4" X 54"
handle) they used to offer, an indispensible tool!
They now offer English Bulldog brand eye hoes; also a complete line of
digging forks, digging spades, spade forks, border forks and border spades
and straight snath scythe systems.
Smith & Hawken and A.M. Leonard sell a scythe system with a straight
wooden snath (lightweight, strong & easy to use) and an Austrian lightweight
grass & grain blade that is thin, long and can easily be sharpened.
This tool is perfect for cutting lawns. It _can_ remove weeds/grass right
down to the ground. It's fairly easy to maintain the proper stance and swinging
motion to cut your grass to a consistant height and in regular arcs that blend
together evenly. A wonderful tool, indespensible for the rural dweller and suburban
gardener alike. Smith & Hawken sells a straight two-handled model while
AM Leonard sells a slightly curved one with one handle (you grip the top of the
handle with your other hand). It is possible that S & H no longer carries their
model, but if they get enough requests for it that might offer it again.
"Gardex offers the widest and most comprehensive range of agro/garden tools from
India. We can develop any model as per your requirement"
- Marketing Office:
808, Antriksh Bhawan
22, Kasturba Ghandhi Marg
New Delhi - 110001 (India)
Tel. : (91 - 11) 3715431, 3722159
Fax. : (91 - 11) 3715096
E- Mail : sarat at gardexindia.com
- Corporate Office:
C- 7 Focal Point
Jalandhar - 144 004 (India)
Tel. : (91 - 181) 290889, 293890, 293891
Fax. : (91 - 181) 290562, 225581,
E- Mail : corporate at gardexindia.com
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Tel: (530) 272-4769
Fax: (530) 272-4794
OFFICE HOURS:  Monday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST
P.O. Box 2209
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Spear & Jackson Tools + many other useful brands
Walt Nicke
Walte Nicke's Gardentalk
A Catalog of Fine Tools for Gardeners


This sourcelist contains new information on mail ordering English-made
Bulldog (Record-Bulldog) garden tools from companies in the USA.
Until recently there has not been a source for them here;
for those not familiar with Bulldog, they are lifetime quality tools
traditionally hand-forged, highly functional, strong and durable.
James Cooksons (Stockport) Ltd.
Cheshire, U.K.
Spear & Jackson, Bulldog (Record/Bulldog) and other brands of high-quality
traditional English hand garden tools. Many different types of spades,
forks, hoes and other implements. Contact them for a catalog - they do mail
order sales to USA (no duty, no VAT, depending on where you live you may
only pay state use tax).
Seeds of Change
P.O. Box 15700
3209 Richards Lane
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506
gardener at seedsofchange,com
Retail mail order sales of English Record/Bulldog garden tools:
heavy duty digging fork and digging spade and many others
The Kinsman Co.
Kinsman Garden Company, Inc.
River Road
P.O. Box 357
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 18950
1-800-733-4146, 215-297-0890 (local) info & orders
Fax: 215-297-0450
215-297-5613 wholesale
Website: http://kinsmangarden.com
Email: kinsmangarden at bux.com
Retail mail order sales of English Record/Bulldog garden tools
Kinsman carries  a half dozen or so of the more popular English Bulldog
tools under the Record name (Record now owns the Bulldog garden tool line).
They have their own catalog with these and many other garden items listed:
digging spade, border spade, digging fork, border fork, poachers spade
(rabbiting tool - good for planting or transplanting), hand fork & trowel
Record Tool North American Distributor
Record Tools, Inc.
1920 Clements Rd.
Pickering, Ontario, Canada, L1W-3V6
(Canada #) 905-428-1077
(USA #) 716-842-1180
Record Tools, Inc. provides wholesale and retail outlets with a very
wide array of Record/Bulldog garden tools. Call or write them for their
garden tool catalog.


Miscellaneous phone numbers:
Gardener's Supply Co. (800-863-1700)
A.M. Leonard (800-543-8955
Smith & Hawken (800-981-9888)
Langenbach (800-362-4410)
Kinsman Co. (800-733-4146)
Walt Nicke's Garden Talk (508-887-3388)
Harmony Farm Supply (707-823-9125)
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (916-272-4769)
Request a catalog from:
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Foss Hill Road
Albion, Maine, 04910
Customer service: 1-207-437-4301
They supply EARTHWAY and PLANET, Jr. seeders and will, on request
give you information on suppliers of other seeders (i.e. a small hand-carried
corn/bean seeder. You may want to hybridyze the EW and the P, Jr.
when planting small seeds in rough terrain. An organic vegetable grower
in North Carolina has successfully done this.

Whole Earth "Ecolog" mentioned five tool suppliers for farm and garden
supplies; my hunch would be try
Lehman's Hardware and Appliances,
Their catalog is $2.00 from:
PO Box 41, 4779 Kidron Rd.,
Kidron OH 44636
The Cook's Garden
"Seeds and Supplies for the New American Kitchen Garden"
P.O. Box 535
Londonderry, Vermont, 05148
Fax: 802-824-3027

Offers the Korean "HO-MI" hand cultivator (curved trowel/cultivator),
well-designed and effective
Necessary Trading Co.
One Nature's Way
New Castle, Virginia, 24127-0305
FAX - 703/864-5186
Phone: 1-703-864-5103
"Natural Solutions for Farm, Home and Garden"
Wide range of supplies, books, fertilizers, tools and equipment -
catalogue headings include: books, composting equipment & supplies,
soil testing equipment & supplies, cover crop seeds, fertilizers
(their largest offering), pest management supplies and equipment,
wild bird supplies, animal care supplies and miscellaneous hand tools.
A major supplier, along with Zook & Ranck and Fertrell, for organic
farmers and market growers in the Eastern U.S.
Snow & Nealley
Axes & Mauls, Gardening and Woodworking Tools
Order Desk Hours, 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday Eastern Time.
(207) 941-0857
Postal address:
P.O. Box 876, Bangor, ME 04402-0876
Electronic mail:
General Information, Sales, & Customer Service: info at sntools.com
Garden & Landscaping Connection at Where-AT (tm) website
Lots of gardening links
Hand & Garden Tool Connection at Where-AT (tm) website
LOTS of links to all sorts of tool and equipment manufacturers & dealers
P.O. Box 451
Graton, CA 95444
Cumberland General Store
Catalog $3.00 from:
Rt. 3 box 81,
Crossville TN 38555
2310 W. South Range Road
North Lima, OH 44452-9731
Offerings: seeds, woody plants, perennials, tropical
plants, tools, growing supplies
Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
P.O. Box 8397
205 West Rankin St.
Jackson, Mississippi, 39204
"Quality Forestry, Engineering and
  Environmental Equipment, Shipped Worldwide"
tools, equipment and supplies for the forestry industry
P.O. Box 453
Blairstown, N.J., 07825
Toll Free: 1-800-362-1991
Ben Meadows Company
Equipment for Natural Resource Managers
3589 Broad Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341
Fax: 1-800-628-2068
Mail Order address:
P.O. Box 80549
Chamblee, Georgia, 30366
e-mail: mail at benmeadows.com
http://www.benmeadows.com (great Web page!)
See pages 132-139 for garden handtools information;
see esp. page 134: Adze Hoe & Pic'N Planter tools
Shepherd's Garden Seeds
Shipping Office
30 Irene St.
Torrington, Connecticut, 06790
You might also call the folks at ATTRA (Appropriate Technology for Rural
Areas) at 1-800-346-9140. They might have some other names & addresses for you.
P.A. Bonvallet's Sons Inc.
R.R. 1 Box 160
St. Anne, IL 60964
Offerings: pots, containers, soil conditioners, fertilizers
Comments: wholesale distributor
W. Atlee Burpee & Co.
300 Park Ave.
Warminster, PA 18991-0001
Offerings: seeds, perennials, bulbs, woody plants, supplies
Comments: separate seasonal catalogs are available
Dayton Bag and Burlap
210 Dowdle St., Unit 5
Algonquin, IL 60102
708-658-8488       Fax: 708-658-4197
Offerings: nursery supplies
Comments: wholesale distributor
  Dramm Corporation
     2000 North 18th Street
     PO Box 1960
     Manitowoc, WI  54221-1960  USA

     920-684-0227 Voice
     920-684-4499 Fax
     800-258-0848 Toll Free USA

     webiste:  http://www.dramm.com
     email:      garden at dramm.com

  Dramm Products can be ordered on line at..


     619 South 26th Sreet
     Manitowoc, WI 54220-3707  USA

     email:      service at gardengift.com

Offerings: irrigation equipment
Earl May Seed Company
208 North Elm Street
Shanandoah, IA 51603-0099
Offerings: woody plants, seeds, perennials, growing supplies
Garden's Alive
Hwy. 48, P.O. Box 149
Sunman, IN 47041
Offerings: tools, equipment, IPM supplies, beneficial insects
Gardener's Supply
128 Intervale Rd.
Burlington, VT 05401
Offerings: tools, equipment, IPM supplies
P.O. Box 270, 211 Blue Mound Rd.
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
800-328-8473       Fax: 800-551-1128
Offerings: agricultural supplies, protective equipment
Grower's Supply Company
P.O. Box 1123
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Offerings: indoor stands, lights and trays
Henry Field's Heritage Gardens
1 Meadow Ridge Rd.
Shenandoah, IA 51601-0700
Offerings: woody plants, perennials, tools, supplies
Innis Violets
8 Maddison Lane
Lynnfield, MA 01904
Offerings: African violet growing supplies, high dome terrariums
J. W. Jung Seed Co.
335 S. High Street
Rondolf, WI 53956
Offerings: seeds, woody plants, perennials, tools, supplies
Midwest Trading
P.O. Box 384
St. Charles, IL 60174
708-742-1840       Fax: 708-888-3818
Offerings: horticultural supplies, equipment, tools, and structures.
Comments: wholesale catalog
Park Seed Company
Cokesbury Road
Greennwood, SC 29647-0001
Offerings: seeds, bulbs, perennials, growing supplies
Comments: separate seasonal catalogs offered
9959 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3585
800-654-1047       Fax: 612-941-5036
Offerings: tools, equipment, growing supplies, IPM supplies
Comments: offers a range of organic lawn and garden products
Wayside Gardens
1 Garden Lane
Hodges, SC 29695-0001
Offerings: perennials, woody plants, growing supplies
Comments: illustrated catalog
Wingert Pottery
1185 Atlantic Dr.
West Chicago, IL 60185
708-293-9097       Fax: 708-293-9114
Offerings: clay pots, garden ornaments
Comments: an extensive selection of clay pots, wholesale
and retail, a division of Ceramo Company, Inc.

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