Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 8
   November 2012
 
   Interesting Tool
 

Wooden grain scoop shovel and booklet
Shown are the wooden grain scoop shovel and the accompanying booklet that details how to make one. These items were found together at auction.

A hundred or so years ago, rural people would never have thought of buying something they could make for themselves. A farmer would have bought his wagon (making wagon wheels was a specialized and highly skilled ability), but his hayrack would have been made on his own time with materials from the farm. The wooden grain scoop shown here exemplifies this attitude. With wood readily available and long winter evenings to carry out the labor, it was an obvious way to avoid spending scarce dollars while making something that filled one of the farm's needs. Additionally, wooden scoops were safer to use in environments where grain dust, which is explosive, was abundant.

We found this example at auction, along with a booklet entitled Wooden Scoop Shovel Making. This scoop was made by Harvey Wood, a traditional craftsman who began making wooden scoop shovels at the age of 15. He was taught by his father, who, Harvey says, made a dozen shovels every day of his life. He began with a block of basswood (also known as lime or linden), a piece of the tree trunk complete with bark. From block to completed shovel took him just under an hour.

Handle   Front view   Rear view
The carved handle   Front view of the scoop   Rear view of the scoop
 
 
 
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