Just Dibling Around

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Project by socrbent posted 04-22-2019 02:40 AM 469 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister gave me an article from Country Gardens Fall 2017 about Andy Chapman – who makes and sells dibles. A dible or dibber as Andy calls them are an English gardening tool used to mark rows and create holes for seeds. This is my take on a dible made from osage orange and finished with BLO. Turning osage orange creates a very colorful pile of turnings. I wore a dust mask just in case this would be an irritant. It was a simle project completed in one evening. Delivered this one to the sister who gave me the idea. She loved it. Hope you will enjoy the posting.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 04-22-2019 12:21 PM

Nice. I wonder how many LJ’s know what a dibble is?

-- Petey

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 04:54 PM

Looks like a fun turning project. I may take your idea and make some for my wife’s garden club.

I for one knew what a dibble was but I have never found a serious need for one myself. Actually I was an organic gardener before I did much woodworking. The two complement each other in that I garden in the summer and wood work in the winter. I currently have a veggie garden of about 1/2 acre which requires bigger tools than a dibble.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-22-2019 07:46 PM

Used to turn a lot of garden dibbles and sold everyone ever made except ones turned couple years ago. Last batch turned almost wore out or cracked. Sold at craft shows and to few nurseries. Nursery only wanted skinny dowel with a point on one end and turned handle on the other. They did buy a few for potting bulbs. Had people come back and ask for them year after year. At one show sold about 25 in one day but never got dollars asked for them today. They are a consumable item people can repoint with pock knife or mark as desired.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 04-22-2019 10:10 PM

I’m just finishing one off for a friend :) Nice work!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#5 posted 04-22-2019 11:57 PM

Thanks guys. I’m hoping the osage orange will wear better than other softer woods.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 01:32 AM

They use Osage for fence posts; should last a while. It looks great. Love turning Osage, especially crosscut.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 04-29-2019 08:32 AM

I would have said that this was a top of some sort if you didn’t provide an explanation! Haha! I reckon that it’s a cool bit of portable equipment that farmers probably made use of a lot? It’d be interesting to see how it’s actually used in the garden!

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