The author made this broadfork/u-bar from a broken garden fork and some used piping.
ILLUSTRATION: NATE SKOW
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.
Fort Worth, Texas
to learn more about building this handy garden tool. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS