Thursday, May 7, 2009

Red Pig Tools

Did you know that we have the only blacksmith in the United States specializing in hand forged garden tools for home gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers, and farmers right in our neighborhood? you know!

I feel a little guilty because I've know about and patronized Red Pig Tools for over a year now. These folks are not only true craftspeople, they are also well versed in the proper use of all of the tools they make and sell. Last weekend I saw Rita and Bob from Red Pig at the Clackamas County Master Gardener Fair and, well, in a moment of weakness, I couldn't help myself from purchasing a couple of new Red Pig Tools to add to the homestead collection.

The first is something I've been meaning to pick up for a long time now.

It's a crevice weeder. Helps you get those pesky weeds out from between the pavers and cobbles.

The second is kind of a scuffle hoe x swoe hybrid weeding hoe. Sharp on three edges and a nice, long handle that keeps you in a proper, upright position while working your soil. Veeeery cool. Sorry. No Picture.

They make a few dozen different tools, most you won't find anywhere else, and they are also available to do custom work. If you still haven't gotten that green thumb mom of yours a Mother's Day present yet or you're already wondering what to get your dirt lovin' dad for Father's Day, head on down to the Red Pig Tools store, located in Boring, OR (just a hair east of Gresham) or you can order online.

If my wife happens to be reading this, I'd sure like a Red Pig Bulb Lifter...hint hint...


  1. Ooooh man. I am SO excited about this!
    I've dreamt of having locally-made quality-crafted gardening/farming tools. Literally. I dream about these things.
    Broadfork here I come!
    Thank you, Glenn. :-)

  2. Glenn -

    I just today received my very first tool from Red Pig - a long handled swan hoe and I cannot wait to put it to use. The craftmanship is awesome and I will soon be replacing all my "big box" purchased tools for The Real Thing.

    Oh, yeah, and I'm not very local, Wilmington, Delaware, but I sure appreciate good quality and Made in the U.S.A.

    Karen in DE

  3. Karen,

    How cool is that?! I'm sure Bob & Rita appreciate the business and I know you'll be happy with everything you purchase from them. I'm loving my Red Pig Tools more and more since the weeds really started coming on up here in Oregon. It takes me a fraction of the time to get the weeding done using their tools. Thanks for letting me know about your experience with Red Pig. Be sure to let your friends, family and neighbors know about 'em too. Happy gardening!