This handsome garden rake has been handmade in Oamaru, New Zealand, using locally sourced timber.
The tines are heart Kowhai from an Oamaru street tree, which is one of the strongest woods available for this job and has been used in New Zealand since the 19th century by rake makers.The bow is steam bent from a coppiced Hazel rod from a local hazel nut grower. The head is Ash, grown in Canterbury.
This rake, with its straight Poplar handle, can be thrust out in front of the user and dragged towards the body with the tine points scooting along the ground like a standard garden rake. It can happily be used around the garden to rake up dry matter like small branches, leaves and grass. It can also be used as a traditional hay rake – particularly good for those who like to cut grass with scythes and make small quantities of hay for feed or mulch.
The rake has been oiled with a mix of linseed oil and vegetable turpentine and finished with bees wax polish. Like all wooden products they shouldn’t be left out in the weather and should be hung up to dry after use.
Dimensions: Head 70cm x 13cm (including tines). Handle 180cm long.