Stirrup Hoe: New-to-It Handle

Mary (not the spammer) uses a stirrup hoe for most of what little weeding she does, so it spends much of its life outdoors in the Vassar Farms plot. The bottom of the handle disintegrated and she brought the business end home for repair:

Stirrup hoe - replacement handle
Stirrup hoe – replacement handle

That was easy: a suitable handle lay on the top of the rods-and-tubes rack; I’d harvested it from a defunct rake a while back. Although the wood is weathered, we think of it as well-seasoned. The errant hole marks came from a first pass, before I realized there was no point in having the handle extend beyond the outward-bending part of the brackets.

The bolts and locking nuts are original!

Ya gotta have stuff…

(And not a trace of 3D printing anywhere to be seen. Imagine that!)

4 thoughts on “Stirrup Hoe: New-to-It Handle

  1. I decided to look up hoes after seeing this odd hoe, and apparently what I think of as a regular hoe is called a Dutch hoe in English. This might be the first Dutch whatever that seems to make some sense to this Dutch person. (Of course, most of these negative idioms stem from times of war between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.)

    1. Apparently it’s just the thing for severing weed roots below ground, but I’m a bystander, not a participant…

      Coming from the upper left corner of the Pennsylvania Dutch country, I know the difference between the Dutch and the Deut(s)ch!

      1. Diets (southern Dutch), Duuts (northern Dutch) and Deutsch (German) supposedly mean something like “of the people”. The English word comes from a time when the word Duuts/Duits was still used to refer to Dutch; these days Duits refers exclusively to the German language. Dutch is now known as Nederlands (i.e., Netherlandic).

        1. a time when the word Duuts/Duits was still used to refer to Dutch

          When my ancestors said they came from Deutschland, everybody knew another boatload of Dutch farmers had arrived… [grin]

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