DIY farm tool making 1 3
- General information
Year2020 – ongoing
Project typeSelf initiated
TopicsToolmaking, DIY, repair, repurpose, ergonomy, agroecology
Having a background in design and farming I like to combine these two interests to create new farm tools and equipment. In particular, farm tools that can be built with simple tools, a basic skillset and can easily be repaired or modified. Over the past couple of years I have both been developing tools for the Werkplaats Agroecologie, for myself and helping farmers and friends to find solutions for their farms or gardens.
Modular wire weeder
This modular wire weeder made solely from parts found at the local hardware store. It takes about half an hour to assemble all parts using just a few simple pliers. Each item of the hoe can be disconnected and replaced if needed. The system is based on quick release connectors typically used for pneumatic machines.
Simplified wire weeder
This wire weeder is a simplified version based on the modular wire weeder shown above. It was made for Uoma Earth Care, a no-dig market garden Vantaa in Finland, where the farmer was searching for affordable alternatives to existing wire weeder with replaceable heads. The design is based on existing DIY wire weeder modules with the goal of making a robust model, that can easily be repaired or tweaked and used by interns or volunteers. Only two simple techniques are needed to build these wire weeders: bending metal wire and wood carving.
The germination chamber was developed as part of the Werkplaats Agroecologie’s sub project of growing seedlings from scratch. In addition to the excursions on creating your own potting mix, we build a germination chamber using a temperature and humidity controller, an old fridgde and a rice cooker. The germination chamber is used at Tuinderij de Mijmering and increase the germination rate of their seeds towards 99%.
A bed gridder is a tool to mark a grid on a garden bed to enable equal plant spacing. This one was developed for ‘De Blije Bodem’, a self harvesting market-garden in Groningen, The Netherlands. Learning how to weld was part of the building process. The round metal disks were cut at a local vocational school.