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Hey all, we just had a great experience building and using a broadfork for the first time.  We broke up new ground on our homestead in northern BC, Canada.  If you're interested in the process or the results check out the video:



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Great video, Jeff.  I'd love it if you posted more frequently.

Anyone ever tell you that you remind them of Karl Urban?
 
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I'm glad you enjoy the videos Timothy, we try to post a new one every second week.  Any more often and I think the quality and value would go down.

Karl Urban.... I don't think so.  I'll look into it, he must be something special!
 
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Great project!  Thanks for sharing!
 
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Thanks for posting, Jeff.  I like how you were teaching your girl.  The vid is fun, too.

I make stuff from steel, too.  I think I'd make my broadfork a little lighter.  Any reason why you used materials that thick?  Just the stock you had laying around?
 
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I get raw stock suitable for this project , every time I tear down a chimney and fireplace. It's available for free in Victoria.

There's a much more suitable recycled material available for making tines. Planer blades can only be sharpend so many times before they reach a point where they don't fit the machine . It's different for each type . Some of the big commercial units used here on the west coast, have a blade large enough to build a froe. Smaller models are perfect for making a broad fork. They are made of really tough metal that is pre-drilled.  This would give the option of attaching them to a hardwood block with a handle similar to what you would have on a mattock. A workable broadfork for the millions of people who don't have metalworking tools or skills .

 
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Joel,

Glad you enjoyed the video. I sorted through the odds and ends at a small local metal shop and that's the best material I found.  I also tend to err on the heavy side given the lack of "engineering" on my projects.

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