I just added a BB to the Straw level (hopefully Paul doesn't mind) for "pick, mattock or other tough earth working tool". So I'd take pictures for before, during and after and once someone creates that BB you can submit it there.
I used linseed oil on this shovel after it was sharpened and the rust was removed. You can tell I've had it for a very long time from the wear patters at the tip (and that the primary user is left handed).
Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Sharpen, Clean and Oil a Shovel BB.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- pic of dull or rusty shovel
- action pic
- pic of clean, sharp shovel
- describe the oil used to protect the metal: boiled linseed oil was used to oil the shovel
First time shovel sharpener here. Honestly, I don't think I ever would have thought to do it unless I came across this BB! It makes sense though with all the roots I've had to cut through when pulling some dead bushes earlier this year.
.:GOAL - Work daily to learn more about survival and self-reliance:.
I just replaced the handle on this old, English-made shovel. It's been a good workhorse for us, so I thought I'd treat it to a sharpening and oiling while oiling the new haft. The material is a mixture of beeswax and grapeseed oil, applied hot (a traditional French recipe for wood paste, but works for tons of things). Much nicer now!
Would it count to do this with a trowel? I think it would be helpful for the tool's utility, but all the other submissions have been full sized shovels.
“There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.”
― G. K. Chesterton