DIY Handles!

I’ve been really interested in making my own tool handles recently from limb wood around our farm. I feel there are many benefits to making one’s own handle, environmentally and ergonomically. Instead of purchasing a pre-made handle, you can custom fit one to your body for next to nothing. You can also experiment with the slight curves in the wood to make the tool perform more efficiently. So far I’ve made a scythe handle (a “snath”) and a new handle for my favourite garden hoe. I’m very pleased with the results, and will be making new ones for all of our old tools that need a handle. Try it yourself!

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Barnyard Update: Phase 3 Complete

What a lucky week (or two) I’ve had with this mild February weather! I’ve managed to get all of the electric fence lines stretched and ready for final hookup! It’s been quite an intensive project so far, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment now that the final stages are near. One thing that I really enjoyed in this l phase of the fence construction was making all of the wire connections for all of the insulators that join the fence together. My favourite tool was an old broken drill bit that I made into a wire bender! A very simple old piece of steel, but I used it over and over again to join wire, and it worked better than I could have imagined. Another great tool I got my hands on was a “Spinning Jenny” to help hold the wire spool as I unravelled it down the lines. It made short work out of a task that could have taken much longer. The last steps to final hookup are next! I can’t wait until this project is finished and our new animals arrive!

Rock Busting!

No need for a gym membership when you can bust up rocks for free! This week I’m using my favorite farm tool – “The Iron Bar”! It breaks up the many layers of bedrock that our old barnyard sits on (and gives me a good kicking as well..!) Nothing says fun like trying to break through solid rock… I’m hoping to get a fence into the ground before winter strikes, and reclaim a new barnyard area for livestock to live in. It feels like I’m playing rock, paper scissors, but this week it’s rock, shovel, iron bar!