by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
Recently I have seen this little tool in constant use by a gardener and was wondering how easy it would be to actually make one of those myself.
The answer is: “Extremely easy and it takes but a few minutes”.
The original wire for this would be the Imperial or British Standard No.8 wire which, in today's “money”, equals a 4.0mm gauge wire. The latter, which is a fencing wire, is probably stronger and better than a wire coat hanger but in the latter case you do some useful recycling.
You will need:
- a length of strong wire (recycle some wire coat hanger)
- a pair of combination pliers
- a pair of wire cutters (though often there is a wire cutting notch in the combination pliers thus the need for additional wire cutters may not exist)
- about five minutes of time (give or take a few)
That's it and, made with a little care, this will be the most useful tool in your gardening armory that you will ever own.