“How do you use a Trowel?” A question that comes up far to often and really has no definite answer. There are a number of techniques that I personally and other archaeologists I know use to both allow for a large amount of material to be safely removed and two not forcing your joints to break!
“So how do you use it?” Well I’m struggling to put this down into words so I’ve found a tutorial/guide from a time team episode from 2000! Enjoy!!!
“What Trowel is best” Again no definite answer as its up to personal preference, however I’ve discovered that the thinner bladed trowels cut through substances like clay (which Lincolnshire is full off) a lot easier that the chunky ones, however the thin blade ones typically bend a lot more easier and are more likely to fracture under stress unlike the chunky counterparts. So I typically use a strong chunky bladed trowel for work.
“Can you recommend any trowel manufacturers”
http://www.pasthorizonstools.com/WHS_Archaeology_trowel_p/11104arch.htm – A genral good purpose WHS trowel!
http://www.pasthorizonstools.com/WHS_Soft_Handled_Archaeology_Trowel_p/softtr.htm – For those who don’t want blisters!
WHS are considered the Crème of the crème! however there are a few us manufactures who make the slim trolls that I have mentioned. Alternatively one of my best trowl was this budget one and DIY trowels work well to!
“Can I borrow your Trowel?” No.. Never let anyone borrow your Trowels! Its Site law!!!
I hope you enjoyed this Cheesy! Tips and Tricks feature, Would of never thought I could do a blog about towels! GA