Lee Valley & Veritas

 Gardening Newsletter
 
  Volume 8, Issue 10 - October 2013    
 
Interesting Tool
Hay rake
 
Since raking is top of mind for many of us right now, we thought we'd feature this beauty as the interesting tool. It was commonly used for raking and turning hay during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Though quite large — the handle is 6' long and the head measures 27" — the rake is surprisingly light. Our best guess is that it was made from hickory.

The tines are each 3-1/2" long and spaced 1-1/2" apart, making them particularly good for raking newly mown grass or cured hay. Each tine can be easily replaced if necessary.

The tool is marked with "The E.M. Alexander Rake, XX Grade, Manufactured by Alexander & Son, Sunapee, N.H.". Unfortunately, no information on the company could be found.

  Hay rake
 
 
 
 
     
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