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Geof Downton

Wooden forks, rakes and shovels were (and still are) in common use down here in the west country. Malt shovels are always wooden (or possibly plastic these days) because they are less liable to damage the grain, and wooden hay forks and rakes are less likely to collect mud and muck with the hay.

One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11