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Gifts from Readers

November 18th, 2015

A month or so ago I received this lovely hand-forged tool from a blog reader. She said it was one of her favorite garden tools and she thought I’d like it as well. As I’ve been clearing out the front flowerbed, I’ve been using it to level the soil. The extra reach provided by the extra long handle is quite convenient, with it I can reach more of the bed from one location.
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This tool is made handmade in Missouri by Homestead Iron. You can find their tools over in their Etsy shop. I really like some of the other items, a boot scraper would come in handy around here that’s for sure.
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So far I’m loving this tool. A big thanks to Amy for sending this along. If you’re looking for a gift for yourself or for friends/family this Christmas check out this little shop.

Have you received any thoughtful gifts recently?

4 Comments to “Gifts from Readers”
  1. Melissa Dobkins on November 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    We are so HAPPY you’re enjoying your tool! We love making them and especially love it when our customers spread the word! Consumers who are interested in our tools: Please feel free to use the coupon code: THANKS1 for 15% off your order
    We appreciate your support!
    Melissa Dobkins
    Homestead Iron

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  2. Joan on November 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    My most thoughtful gifts over the past very trying year have been my friends giving of themselves – to talk, to help me with things that needed doing, just to be there for me. I’ve been so lucky to have friends like you.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on November 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Susy, I have my favorite tools but they have all been purchased by me. My most favorite is a mattock. The tool can be used as a hoe, used to chop out vines, used to uproot small saplings, and the pick side can be used to pick out buried rocks.

    Have a great garden tool day.

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  4. Anthony on November 18, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Dang, I want one! Haha. It looks really well made. I just might have to take you up on that coupon code, Melissa :)

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