Monty Don recently wrote an article for the Daily Mail called: The quest for a truly fulfilling life: As more and more of us search for richer lives, the result will be a kinder society.

He writes:

Once, we were a nation that made everything from buttons to ships – and we made them well. But now? Now, we make hardly anything. Politicians constantly point to the ready availability of anything we want that can be made somewhere in the world much cheaper than we can produce it. But there is a terrible price to pay for this. Losing our factories and tools is one thing – but losing the sense of self-worth that comes from doing something well yourself? How can you put a value on such a thing?

And then goes onto say:

I have a spade that was made for me at the Bulldog Tools foundry in Wigan on November 28, 1990. I remember the date so well not only because I was there, but also because it was the day Mrs Thatcher left Downing Street. I watched every aspect of its manufacture, from pouring the molten metal to the sanding of the handle. It took 58 steps, each one involving human skill. Twenty years later, I use my spade almost every day – and with age it only gets better. I have replaced its handle three times, but I wouldn’t sell it for £1,000.

The spade he is talking about has a UK forged stainless steel blade that unfortunately we stopped making shortly after he visited our forge. But his comments have got us thinking. We’ve started to look into the viability of forging these kinds of heads again in the UK. Watch this space!

You can read the full article here.

If you would like to come and see how solid forged, top quality tools are manufactured we would be delighted to take you on a tour of our factory.

Posted in Things we like By Stuart Elsom On 18th February 2010

I have to say that I agree. You can always tell quality. You get what you pay for in my opinion.

JEFF HOLDCROFT posted on 22nd February 2010

How true the Monty Don quote, here in the USA as in Britain. I do love quality, handmade things, whether tools or quilts or birdhouses. My most prized piece of furniture is an armoire signed and dated by the craftsman who built it forty years ago. These kinds of things connect our souls. That just doesn’t happen with a piece mass produced in China!

DEBSGARDEN posted on 22nd February 2010

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