Wednesday, January 21, 2009
An indispensable tool
One of my gardening books says that the wheelbarrow was invented in China around 150 A.D. It was designed to carry military supplies. The first agricultural wheelbarrows were found in Europe in the 13th century.
My wood-toting wheelbarrow came into being in 1989 A.D. after I took the frame and handles from a rusted out barrow and converted it into the perfect wood-hauler. I would probably have to give up our wood stove if I didn't have this contraption. My ax and splitting maul fit perfectly on the handles and the little bucket in front holds wedges and sharpening files.
Nothing fits in the hand so well as a tool that does its job well.