Old Garden Tools

If you are a gardener, it is likely you have a favorite tool. Mine is a little trowel made by the  Johnson Company in Newark New Jersey. It is narrow, fits in my back pocket when I’m working and in my hand like it was made for me.

I was looking at it recently and thought it would be nice to do a painting of old garden tools alongside some terra cotta pots, etc. I did something similar with Native American artifacts.  A collector invited me to come, take photos of the baskets and artifacts he had. I set up a still life at his home. Took photos. And worked from those photos to do the painting.

I asked some fellow gardeners today if they had old garden tools that I could photograph. I’m hoping someone does.

I think there’s beauty in well-made tools like this…and a wonderful patina that only age brings.

This trowel has Wm. Johnson stamped on it. I think it has to date to at least the 1950s. What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Old Garden Tools

  1. cool trowel…now I’m working on more old tools for you. Neighbors have some at camp and will bring in to town soon. I’ll let you know when they arrive.

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