Come hear “Blacksmith Bob” discuss garden tool design, history, and how to select the correct garden

Come hear Blacksmith Bob” of Red Pig Tools discuss garden tool design, history, and how to select the correct garden tool for the job.

Mount Hood District of Garden Clubs present Bob Denman of, Garden tool expert and the only blacksmith in the U.S. specializing in hand-forged garden tools for home gardeners, farmers, landscapers and nurserymen.


Saturday, October 28, Bob will present the history, design and use of garden tools organized by general purpose: digging, cultivating, harvesting, planting, raking and weeding.  Then he drills down to the appropriate choice of tool for a specific task.  For example, Bob makes cultivators with from one to five tines, such as a two tine over-row cultivator to work both sides of a row of young plants at the same time.

He also will cover the “newest” old tools such as a broad fork and, how to choose the shovel (designed to break ground) or spade (designed to move ground) appropriate for a task.


Bob tools are unusual and useful.  He makes at least 20 different patterns of hoes; steel rakes ranging from 6 tines to 24 tines; ball weeders; hand plows; rock picking forks, root hooks; cradle forks for overhead pitching; mangel cutters; weed spuds; wood tine rakes; hot bed weeders and hundreds of other unique or rare implements.  You can see them at his shop or visit on line


Bob is a frequent speaker at garden club events, Master Gardener Classes and conventions (2017 International Master Gardner Convention) on various gardening topics. He has been a contributor to Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines. His articles have also appeared in Small Farm Today and he has a regular column in New Pioneer Magazine, called "Blacksmith Bob.          


Who: Mount Hood District of Garden Clubs present Bob Denman (Blacksmith Bob)

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: Coffee 9:00 am     Program begins at 10:00 am

Where: 979 Tucker Rd, Hood River

At River of Life Assembly (behind The NextDoor)

Cost: $2.00


Come for coffee at 9 am and meet members of your local Garden Clubs: Dufur, Maupin, Odell, Parkdale and Hood River members will be there.


For more information, contact Heidi Shoup Nastasi, text or phone at 703-946-6451 or




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