We, Bryan Innes and Joanna Pearsall, are the directors of Ecoshow NZ Ltd, now Trading as "The Garden Tool Store."
While travelling around Aotearoa we did not see any scything, yet this old skill was coming back (mainly thanks to Peter Vido) in Austria, Canada, USA and Australia. We joined forces in 2009 with Christoff Schneider (a member of the Austrian Scythe Association) and ran 2 scything tours around NZ. We found an appetite in the community for learning to scythe again, so decided to continue.
We also noticed that good quality garden tools were getting increasingly difficult to obtain in this country, so we kept a look out for good tools from elsewhere.
So far we have:
Bronze tools, inspired by Viktor Schauberger, also from Austria. These have proved very popular, especially as the manufacturers (PKS Bronze) stand by their quality with the 25 year guarantee.
The Swiss tools by Glaser are very well made and especially popular with market gardeners as they are very efficient tools that you can use without stooping. They include wheel hoes and attachments
Grelinette (Broadfork) from France, we are also designing one to be made here in New Zealand.
The Ploskorez, low effort tools are made in Russia and are really good tools too.
Grubbers from Argentina (handles made in New Zealand)
De Wit tools from Holland also have a 25 year guarantee. We no longer have access to these tools, so when they are sold out that's it!
Green wood work tools We still have a few bark scrapers, bill hooks and spoke shaves/draw knives from Austria.
We listen to our customers and friends and try to obtain the best from around the world.
When not doing tools business we help maintain Awhi Farm, Turangi- as a centre for sustainable practice.
We are gardeners, builders, experimenters and enjoy being amongst people working together for similar visions.
Teaching permaculture design has occupied us since 1992.
Right now our main interest is in developing "Reciprocity Clubs" by which groups of people can work together supporting each other to reach goals, without taking on interest bearing debt.
We were away in 2015 from May to November visiting tools makers, the International Permaculture Conference and seeing Gaudi's domes. We did lots of other things too, exploring parts of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Germany Belgium and the UK.
Arriving back in New Zealand we moved home to our house in Coromandel, where have been busy renewing inside and out.
Outside we have been landscaping: making paths suitable for walking with wheelbarrows and terraces for growing food. Growing food on the terraces and in wicking beds. Inside we are redecorating and doing more finishing (ones own house is never really finished!) We have restored the pond( which now has pateke (native ducks). we are enjoying planning and implementing a variety of ways to keep the weeds at bay while growing yummy food!
Our next project will be designing and buildling a special shed for The Garden Tool Store, which has easy accress for the van and plenty of room for displaying and storing the tools, so we can get them out of the house- the living room, the bedrooms etc!
We occasionally have a stall at various markets and sometimes run "Art of Scything" workshops. Let us know if you are interested.