simple question, but cant seem to find an answer. Would early mediaeval agricultural tools like spades, pitchforks etc be made of iron? I seem to remember seeing wooden pitchforks somewhere but can’t recall where, and it does seem that the agricultural poor might well have used wood wherever possible as it was a lot cheaper than getting stuff smithied
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.
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Here’s a mix of repro and original on the East Midlands Vikings site. As others have said, tools would be mostly wooden. Something like a spade would have an iron shoe because you need it to cut into the ground. Likewise, anything bladed like a scythe would have a metal blade. All the rest would be wooden.
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