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Diggers! Show us your tools

May 7, 2010

During my few short years digging, I’ve encountered a number of different small excavation tools from dental picks for detailed work to huge floppy Marshalltown trowels, each of which have vigorous proponents. Recently for example I’ve been working with some diggers who swear by carpenters’ hand adzes, great on the stoney clay brash we find quite a lot around Bristol. I thought it would be an interesting idea to set up a flickr group where diggers can show off their hand tools, and maybe promote some debate about excavation methodologies. Please do share a picture of your hand tools at

Personally, I generally use a worn WHS trowel, with an onion hoe for quick cleaning, and occasionally a slightly larger sharpened Battiferro trowel, and a sharpened wooden chopstick (not pictured) for detailed work and especially skeletons. How about you?

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 7, 2010 8:13 pm

    I like the image here.

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