Q: Old versus modern
There are a million space-saving, time-saving, lightweight, battery-powered pieces of modern equipment available and these all have their place in gardening. To us, part of the joy of gardening is that it takes people out of the frenzy of the modern world and into a more quiet and contemplative place. In connecting to the soil we are connecting to centuries of gardeners and cultivators before us and there is a joy in using the simple old tools such as a garden spade or rake that our predecessors used.
Q: Let’s talk longevity?
A cast piece of metal will likely last longer and be more resilient than a pressed piece of metal. A well-maintained long beech handle will likely outlast a flimsy aluminium handle. If an item has been well cared for and has worked for a century it will continue to do so. This is particularly the case with vintage garden hand tools.
Q: There is more variety?
Modern producers of tools want to design multifunction items that sell in their thousands. In days gone by items were often designed to be for a single purpose. There is therefore a preponderance of unusual antique gardening tools that can prove to be very and specifically useful. A Little Gripper flower picker anyone?
Q: They just look better!
Let’s face it, whether in your potting shed or greenhouse, a wall display of stunning vintage gardening tools is endlessly fascinating and great to show off!
Woods that make great handles
Woods that should be avoided for handles
Pine (too soft)
Ironwood (too heavy and difficult to work)
Birch (low strength)
And please do remember that if you replace the handle on your antique garden equipment, and then later replace the head, it IS still the same gardening tool. Oh yes.
Are you a gardener, enthusiast or collector? Either way, our Vintage Garden Tools collection is part of our wider collection of vintage garden accessories - come and have a look around the gardenalia section of our store.