Sunday, 22 March 2009
Amongst my many petrol driven,hand,pneumatic and electrical tools my favourite tool is....a billhook. A once popular ubiquitous tool it has now pretty much fallen by the wayside except for those who coppice and hedge lay. The billhook comes in many regional forms all different than those of neighbouring counties and all with different edge configurations for their assigned tasks. Ebay is as usual a fertile ground for the buying of these often neglected tools and I have to temper my desire to own these simple tools with the knowledge that Mrs OTW will raise a sceptical eyebrow at my protestations as to the efficacy of a fourteen inch over a fifteen inch hook.....doesn't she understand? it's history in my hand...plus I get to chop things up...wonderful stuff.