ISSUE 87  |  Wild at Heart

Fisher Blacksmithing Tools for the Gardener

August 29, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

What do you get when a blacksmith from Montana discovers a passion in gardening? A line of gorgeous, hand-forged, heirloom-quality garden tools.


Above: Made in Bozeman, Montana, by Tuli Fisher (Fisher Blacksmithing), each tool is individually built using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Steel is heated to a red glow in the forge and then shaped over the anvil with a hammer. All joinery is done using solid steel rivets. Then, each tool is set into its own hand-turned durable American black walnut handle creating a long-lasting garden tool with no welds. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”4497″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”Fisher Blacksmithing Three Tined Garden Rake”,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”1052″,”width”:”700″}}]]

Above: The Fisher Blacksmithing Three Tined Garden Rake (or cultivator) digs in and removes debris and loosens soils. It is also good for catching runners and grass roots under the surface; $50.

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Above: The Fisher Blacksmithing Large Garden Trowel is $50.

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Above: This narrow hand-forged 13-inch long Fisher Blacksmithing Perennial Trowel is strong enough to use as a weeder and also has serrated edges along one side for cutting twine and separating roots; $50.

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Above: The Fisher Blacksmithing Square Blade Hoe is great for weeding against the edges of raised beds, edging, and rockery; $50.

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Above: The ultimate gift (hint, hint), the Fisher Blacksmithing Set of Five Hand Forged Garden Tools includes (top to bottom) a large trowel, perennial trowel, three tine rake, pointed hoe, and square hoe; $250.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published on October 1, 2012.

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