If garden tools are to be competitively priced then the chosen material should be easily available in the country in which the product is being made - More frequently in these times of economic, environmental and moral concerns are issues such as transport, deforestation and sustainability taken into account. Whereas a few years ago these issues were really rarely considered the perspective relating to manufacturing is now far more realistic and mature.
one of the most widely used wood in the UK.
strong and elastic., easily worked and
finishes well. It has a consistent straight grain that doesn’t splinter easily. It also has excellent steam - bending properties. It is grown in Central Europe and West Asia and is frequently used to make tool handles, toys, furniture,
Hickory has high density and is
straight grained with a coarse texture. It has high strength bending properties and is shock resistant. It is excellent for steam bending but is not particularly durable and is grown in Eastern USA and South Eastern Canada.
It is used to make tool handles and baseball bats.
Whilst looking at the handles it is worth also check-ing the way increased strength is given to thin materials.
Thin sheet steel can easily be pressed into a curved profile to add strength. Older style tools used thicker sheet material.
Rivet used to join to the wooden handle
Screw used to join to the wooden handle