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Hand tools for gardening: wooden wheelbarrows

Wooden wheelbarrows are one of the most commonly used hand tools in gardening activities. These are very versatile tools, which can be used in the most diverse working contexts, to transport various types of material. Of course there are wheelbarrows in various materials, often lighter and more resistant than wood, but the latter undoubtedly has a very special charm. If you love nature, the outdoors and the care of your garden, certainly a beautiful wooden wheelbarrowwill meet your liking, more than those in other materials. A wooden wheelbarrow, in addition to being a useful tool, can also be an appreciable piece of craftsmanship. The woods used for the production of wheelbarrows can be different, from poplar, elm, through locust and fir, which are the same traditionally used in the production of many other tools, used for centuries by peasants and farmers. Below we will give you information on how to choose the most suitable wooden wheelbarrow for you, and you will also find other useful information for its use and routine maintenance.


How can we choose the wooden wheelbarrow that best suits our needs? First we should really focus on the latter and understand what type of tool is best suited to the work we have to do. Let’s take some time, therefore, to reflect on the type of terrain we will be moving on and the type of load we will be transporting. There are different models of wheelbarrows, depending on our needs we can therefore choose between the different shapes and sizes of the body, taking into account other characteristics, such as shape, size and number of wheels. The classic wheelbarrow, so to speak, generally has only one wheel, but there are also variants with 3 or 4 wheels. In the wooden wheelbarrow, often, the wheel (or wheels) are also of the same material. On certain terrains this could be a problem, so evaluate this aspect carefully before making a purchase. Now let’s see how to keep our wooden wheelbarrow in good condition for a long time and possible alternative uses of the same, once its usefulness is exhausted.


Wood, if well cared for, can last a long time and, even if old, it can still be beautiful and certainly more fascinating than many other materials. Wood is warm and pleasant to the touch, has a history and an identity. Caring for a wooden wheelbarrow is not difficult. We always keep in mind that it is a work tool, so it is normal for it to get dirty and damaged. Normal cleaning is usually more than enough. You can only use water, or possibly special products for wood. In case of damages that are not only aesthetic, but structural, it is quite simple to intervene and bring the wheelbarrow back to full operation, even if you are not a carpentry expert. If a part is broken just replace it, buying the necessary wood, cutting it, and fixing it with nails or special glues. Even building a wooden wheelbarrow from scratch is not an impossible feat. Online there are several indications and projects to follow: if you are a DIY lover you could try it, for sure it is a good way to save and spend time productively. Building something with your own hands is always uplifting.


In addition to the most obvious use, that is to transport materials, wooden wheelbarrowsthey can also be used as furnishing elements in the home or outdoors. Just browse some furniture or design magazines, as well as those of gardening, to quickly realize it. Many, for example, appreciate them as planters. Of course, the wheelbarrow is mainly used as a work tool, but the wooden ones are often very pleasant also as a decoration. So if a wheelbarrow is damaged, you can offer it a second life by using it as a container for flowers and plants. Presenting plants or flowers in a wheelbarrow is an original way to furnish an environment or a green space, and the fact that it is made of wood makes it even greener. Some companies produce wooden wheelbarrows for just this purpose, but we think reusing one that was once a work tool, gives the operation considerable added value. Learning to give the right value to things, avoiding throwing them away as soon as we no longer use them is very important, as is finding new uses for them.

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