The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Increased scooping power

merits of choosing the proper shovel depending on the task

A coal shovel provides easier scooping and twice the carrying capacity of a regular shovel.

Why did it take me years to figure this out?

We've had a coal shovel since we moved here, but I only recently re-found it behind a pile of stuff in the barn this past summer.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Mar 6 17:15:58 2013

Is it a coincidence that a coal shovel is just exactly the right size to hold one standard (is that matric or SAE?) sized horse pile?

I've also wondered why is it that, although the inhabitants of Planet Mongo, vistied by Flash Gordon, were smart enough to build a floating city, held loft by nuclear energy, did the still have to shovel the uranium like coal into the furnaces by hand?

Comment by doc Wed Mar 6 21:58:38 2013

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