Olive wood lasts forever in almost any climate because of
by Ziks511 - 1/3/13 9:34 AM
In Reply to: greek hoe by James Denison
oils in the wood. Treating new tool handles with repeated rubbed-in vegetable oil works too. My 86 year old neighbour, a construction worker until he retired, had the most beautifully kept tools I ever saw, and was still incredibly spry at 86. Maybe the oil soaked into him and made him incredibly durable too.
I remember seeing people in Greece, Turkey and much of the Middle East using hoes like this 45 years ago, and probably could have seen it 2 millenia ago too. It never caught on in many parts of Europe which were responsible for settling North America, because of the clay soils there. Too wet, heavy and arduous to work with hoes, therefore the plough and shovel tended to dominate.
However the term Greek Ho(e) gives rise to any number of really distasteful and bad jokes.
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