Everyone knows how much I like the Meadow Creature broadfork.
The problem: you can’t buy them where I live.
A friend wanted one of her own so we had a local machine shop copy the tool:
Yeah, that was my color choice. Easier to find in the jungle. Maybe should have gone with orange, though.
Before you think about doing this yourself, I should probably tell you that:
1. It’s illegal and you would be ripping off some of the greatest people I ever met
2. It costs more than you might think and it’s hard to get great steel
The Meadow Creature broadfork has really strong steel tines. To reproduce that here the local machine shop used old leaf springs from a truck, cut them, then used a huge press to flatten them out somehow.
By the time my friend got her tool, it cost $235.00 in American dollars. That despite the fact local labor is much cheaper than in the US. Way cheaper.
And before you get on my case for this illegal fork, Margot at Meadow Creature actually gave us permission to make this fork because of the impossibility of shipping them down here at a reasonable price. Like I said, they’re great people.
If you want one of your own, visit Meadow Creature here.
Or design your own broadfork. In lighter soils, a five or six-tine model might be nice to have. You can also paint your regular Meadow Creature turquoise if you’ve tired of the normal dark green.
I bought a Meadow Creature broadfork a few years ago, it’s awesome. Before my Meadow Creature, I borrowed an inferior broadfork from a farmer friend. How did I know it was inferior? I bent a tine on a tree root! I was really embarrassed to return a bent tool to my friend.
Yeah. I’ve had the same issue with garden forks. The tool needs to be stronger than I am, and the Meadow Creature is!