Country Lore: From Turning Fork to Broadfork/U-Bar

Like this reader, you can create your own broadfork or u-bar for easy garden tilling.
By Billy Allmon
August/September 2010
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The author made this broadfork/u-bar from a broken garden fork and some used piping.
ILLUSTRATION: NATE SKOW


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Some time ago, the handle broke off of my old garden turning fork. I had always wanted a broadfork (U-bar) to assist in tilling the garden and I saw the opportunity to transform the broken fork into a new tool.

I cut the handle piece from the tines, formed a U-shape from a round bar, and welded the “U” to the tines at a slight angle. The angle allows greater leverage when digging. I then welded an 18- inch piece of water pipe to the top of the two shafts as a handle. The length of the shafts can vary according to your height.

I now have my broadfork and it’s easier on my back than using the turning fork.

Billy Allmon
Fort Worth, Texas


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Bravo Sierra
9/23/2010 4:00:39 PM
that was a great weekend project, Billy. hope I can also share my weekend projects to you. more power!








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