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European Gardening: Copper Garden Tools

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Patbarr
Sheffield
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2007
3:34 PM

Post #3871007

Has any one else used copper tools, and if so have you noticed any difference to the number of slugs, plant growth etc. or are they just aesthetically pleasing and good to use?

I've just ordered a hoe and a trowel from Implementations after reading the info on their web site. It is very interesting so I thought I would pass on their web site if you are interested: http://www.implementations.co.uk

I'll report back when I've used them.

Pat
Patbarr
Sheffield
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2007
7:44 PM

Post #3887110

Lovely well-balanced tools with sharp edges - a pleasure to use. Too soon to say whether the slugs and snails have been repelled.
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

August 22, 2007
9:28 PM

Post #3887517

I find them very aesthetic!
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 28, 2007
6:25 PM

Post #3910279

Yes, I agree, they look beautiful! It's lovely to work with tools that give you pleasure to hold and look at.
I'm glad to see they will quote for orders outside the UK, hope they're not too high...

It's funny, I've just bought a copper look basket for collecting vegetables and eggs (haven't yet found a woven one that will stand up to the weight), but their's are made of willow LOL. Perhaps I should suggest it to them? *grin*
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 30, 2007
1:40 PM

Post #3917530

Not exactly a tool I suppose? Anyway here is a pic of my copper basket

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Patbarr
Sheffield
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2007
9:47 PM

Post #3919187

The basket is a good idea, any dirt will fall through the holes. It looks good too. I bought a plastic trug, but it tips up if you have something heavy in one end. Your basket looks much more practical.
mike_freck
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2007
11:00 AM

Post #3957533

Copper gardening tools. Sounds like a good idea.
I could understand if they did lower the amount of slugs in the garden, but the effect would be minimal unless you used them every day, or over a long period.
Being copper are they strong enough? I break garden tools on a regular basis.

Let me (us) know how you get on with them.

On another note, i recently bough the wilkinsword e series tools. They look great and to some extent they work well.The stainles steel is very strong and glides through wet soil. But they are heavy and i would only suggest using them if you are a biggish bloke as they are large too. The foot piece takes some getting used to being central.

But hey they look great!

David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 15, 2007
9:13 AM

Post #3977267

How interesting. The website says Viktor Schauberger is the inspiration for the tools. Yale Professor of Biology Harold Saxton Burr, a contemporary of Schauberger, did research related to that of Schauberger. Photo below is of the Burr family estate, Mansewood, in Connecticut. Burr added the copper roof to the colonial farmhouse in the 1930s. The current owners are from the UK. When I dropped by unannouced last year, they knew of Burr's work but did not know why they had a copper roof on their house nor what a tangle of antennae and wire in the barn were used for. Quite a bit of interest today in Schuaberger, H.S. Burr and another American, Thomas M. Riddick who expanded upon Schuaberger's work with hydraulics.

This company should expand to the USA. There is a market for their products.

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mike_freck
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2007
7:20 PM

Post #3982047

Couldn't find copper tools to buy any where at the nec!

Sorry folks.

Mike

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