NO. 1 GARDEN TROWEL
No.01 STAINLESS STEEL GARDEN TROWEL
Hand forge 304 stainless steel / Copper Ferrule / English Oak handle
Total length - 28cm (handle - 13cm)
Blade width - 14cm x 8.5cm
The inspiration for our first garden trowel comes from many visits to the ruins at Mells Ironworks in Somerset and from a sketch found in the only known catalogue to have been printed in 1884 of James, Isaac & John Fussell Ltd. PLATE 20 - No. 331.
A BIT OF HISTORY : In 1744 James Fussell of Mells, Somerset leased a plot of land from the local squire . This land was to be used to establish a mill ‘for grinding edge tools and forging iron plates’ – The Mells & Nunney Ironworks works was born. Up until 1895 the Mells site produced a huge number of forged edge tools ranging from spades and shovels to scythes and garden hoes.
The ironworks site is still visible today – a collection of ruins lining the banks of the fast flowing Mells stream deep in the Wadbury Valley. Crumbling walls, rotten water wheels and moss covered sluice gates still give enough of an idea to the layout of what was once a thriving west country tool makers.
FOUNDED IN HISTORY | FORGED IN DORSET
TIP : Each trowel is individually hand forged and as such is unique (and may vary a little from the photo).
The blade and copper ferrule will age over time with use - this is quite natural and something to be embraced . Wash after use and apply oil if unused for a long period of time. The handle should be oiled with Linseed oil at least once a year.