| Dear Customer,
Gardening doesnt require a large number of specialized
tools, a fact that makes tempting you with new products a constant
challenge. If gardening were solely a matter of routine maintenance,
one could get by with a relatively sparse tool set. Fortunately,
most reading this letter view it as an activity to be anticipated
and enjoyed (outside of blackfly season) and have developed an
appreciation for well-designed, functional tools. The numerous
requests for additions we receive on an ongoing basis keep us
happily occupied with product sourcing and design throughout the
One long-requested addition to our catalog is really a subtraction
– we now offer a number of excellent garden gloves singly,
as well as in pairs. Many gardeners have found that they wear
out the glove on their dominant hand first and, being a thrifty
lot (and perhaps lacking suitably sized friends of opposite handedness),
want to replace a single glove. This is now possible.
A second fulfilled request is the Trench Digger on page 151.
With a design based on a Swedish tool for fighting forest fires,
it has rapidly become a favorite of all who have tried it. For
most, its much more appropriate than either a mattock or
a pick and is uniquely designed to suit its purpose. Burying lines,
hose or tile requires far less soil removal using this tool.
What you wont find in this catalog is a long-time personal
favorite, a 14-inch slot screwdriver, once grabbed in haste to
pry out a dandelion, and in service ever since as a grubbing tool.
Were still working up the nerve to catalog that one.
Robin C. Lee