Curtis Buchanan called last week. We talked of our class schedules, springpole lathes (we are both building one) and the book Curtis is reading Craeft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts. Curtis is persuasive; I have bought the book and am now on the third chapter about haymaking.
Seems we would all still be hunter-gatherers if it weren’t for hay and we all know you can’t have hay without a scythe and a pitch fork. Pitchforks! I love making pitchforks.
The author mentions visiting a region of France that has been making pitchforks since the twelfth century. I found this video of the Conservatory of the Fork, where they still make coppice-grown French pitch forks, steam bent over a fire and dried over the same fire. Tell him to sharpen his drawknife!