Broadfork: a timeless tool.
It's been a long time since I picked up a copy of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. But when I read the April/May issue, to my great joy and surprise, I saw an old friend: the broadfork ("More Tools for Wiser Living"). More than 25 years ago, I saw a homemade version of this tool in MOTHER EARTH NEWS and set out to build one myself. I found "ram horn" handles from an old, single-bottom plow, welded an 18-by-3-inch piece of water pipe down low on the handle frame, then scavenged a half-dozen single-socket lug nut wrenches from a junkyard and welded them across the pipe.
The broadfork was heavy, and I got a great workout plunging it into the ground, levering it down and dragging it out again, but it worked wonderfully. I tilled up my 30-by-40-foot vegetable garden with it length- and crosswise, and didn't need a power tiller (but I was younger then). In any event, it was great to see an old friend. I'll renew my subscription.