A Stone Fork Has Multiple Uses
It may be called a stone fork, but handling stones is only one of several things this tool can do. The tines are spaced just the right distance apart so that it can be used to scoop all sorts of materials including: top soil, sand, stone-dust, etc. But the spacing of the tines also allows a “sifting” ability (with a shake of the tool), which is nice when you want to separate larger particles in a pile from the smaller, finer particles.
This photo sequence shows just one use of this great tool during the very common task of grading and picking up stones and debris.
The crew has used aluminum alloy rakes to grade the slope in preparation for sod. The raking process produces piles of debris and stones. In the picture to the left a stone fork is used to pick the piles up. To use the tool correctly (and convince yourself you’ll never use a shovel for this task again), lay the tines on the ground in front of the pile so they can slide flat. Then, push the fork under the pile of debris & stones.
Tip: Make sure your piles have been raked onto a clean graded area. This will enable the tines to slide smoothly under the pile.
While using the stone fork to pick up the debris & stones, occasionally turn it over and use the tips of the tines to rake and gather the remaining bits of the pile. After a while you’ll get comfortable with the fork and switch back and forth from these positions without thinking about it. Also, you’ll see how the tool helps you avoid scooping up good soil in the process.
I’m going to be showing more tools in use and in their different applications. It’s just amazing the work you can do using the right tool for a particular task. Let me know if you have other uses for a stone fork. Shoot me a comment below.