Tool Repairs

image of spade before and after repair

If you have a cherished tool that is showing signs of wear and tear you may want to consider having it reconditioned. Typically I'll de-rust, sharpen and re-handle a tool. The photos above show an Elwell border spade before and after reconditioning. This tool (about 50 years old) was well worth saving. The cost was about the same as buying a new but inferior item.

image of handle types

Digging tool handle options are, from the left: wood YD, metal YD, shaped crutch T.

Typical re-handling charges (to supply and fit), almost all in ash or hickory.

 Spades, forks etc (WYD,MYD,T):
 Trowels, hand forks:
 Hay forks, pitch forks:
 Rakes, hoes, spuds:
 Slashers, staff hooks:
 Billhooks, grass hooks:
 Axes:
 Hatchets:
 Sledge hammers, mauls:
 Mattocks and picks:
 £ 29.00
 £ 10.00
 £ 22.00
 £ 12.00
 £ 15.00
 £ 18.00
 £ 25.00
 £ 15.00
 £ 18.00
 £ 25.00

These prices will apply to most re-handling jobs. Things that might cost a little bit more than standard handle replacent are welded and forged repairs to tool heads, and making or sourcing special handles. Rust removal and sharpening are avalible from £5.00 per tool, depending on how sorry it looks! It is cheaper and more efficient if you can drop and collect repairs to Sayers Common, W Sussex. Failing that carriage/postage is charged at cost.

To arrange tool repairs contact me.

image of forging tang

Sometimes repairs to the tang or socket of a tool may be needed. Here the tang of a grasshook is being straightened and drawn down (lengthened) at red heat.

image of re-handled billhook

I will always save an old handle if possible - i.e. if it is safe and worthwhile to do so. If not, I'll fit a commercially produced replacement handle that is a good match. Some old tools deserve a hand made handle, as shown above. This was made to fit a Kent pattern billhook, because no mass produced replacement was available. It takes a bit of time and experience to get this right, however the end product tends to be worth the effort.

image of derelict plough

This photo shows the copying of a "T" handle for a bulb planter, with the long turned grip attached to the stem by a pegged mortice and tennon joint.

image of turning a replacement handle

Turning a new trowel handle on a Victorian treadle lathe - I did say I was a luddite!

image of derelict plough

I'm willing to restore more unusual items, like this horse plough.

image of restored plough

... ready for work once again.

image of re-handled cleaver

This is a cleaver that I re-handled for Mr Walton at The Outwood Butchers. No modern replacement would feel right for day in, day out use.

To enquire about tool repairs contact me.

I've run courses on tool maintenance and sharpening for various people: Surrey & Sussex Wildlife Trusts, National Trust Nymans woodland volunteers, the Garden House in Brighton, and for the 100w artist's collective.

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© Ian Swain 2016