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I run Standwell Tools as a hobby to help gardeners avoid back problems. I did not hurt my back gardening but once challenged I could no longer use a short English spade which really is a very poor tool in an ergonomic sense. I have a dodgy back including a herniated disc but I find as long as I use these tools and take care I can carry out most tasks, and I do have a fair sized garden to deal with. You can carry on gardening but you have to approach the work in the right way and for me a major factor is to use my carefully designed extra long handled tools.
The tools are sourced in the UK and I subsidise the cost. This type of design ought to be the common standard in these safety conscious times both for domestic & trade use. However, as I have found there is great resistance in the UK market to the use of anything except a short spade. The short spade or English spade as termed in the US, is not a designed tool and is entirely flawed if any consideration is given to potential back injuries.
All the tools have been made to my copyrighted design by Richard Carter Ltd in Yorkshire who have been making tools for the trade for 275 years. The heads are forged rather than welded (the common standard in all tools under £20) and will never break in normal use, I would certainly expect you to be able to pass them on to the next generation.
With best wishes for the your gardening future, Alan.
You can meet Alan and handle these innovative tools at these fairs in 2018: