|More with Less: AIDS for Disabled Persons in Daily Life (TOOL, 1993, 93 pages)|
Rake with adapted handle
Gardening tools for one-handed persons
Double handed shovel
Rake with double handle
Fork with double grip
People with diminished hand strength can still hold this small rake. Cut a strip from an inner tyre tube and cut a small hole in it. Put the rake through the hole and stretch the strip over the hand. The handle is also thickened with inner tyre tube for a better grip.
If a person walks with a cane, and he or she wishes to work in the garden, a basket around the cane can be very handy for transporting small garden tools or things. The cane can be stuck into the ground and all the necessary things are within reach. At the same time, the cane can be used to lean on.
Long bars or gardening tools are hard to steer if you have to work with one hand. Onto this bar, a forearm cuff and an extra handle have been fixed. The cuff (a piece of rain pipe or bamboo) should be large enough for a hand to pass through in order to steer the tool. It should support the forearm
Shoveling is less heavy when an extra handle is fixed onto the bar of the shovel. The handle is made of wood, and fixed to the bar with a metal strip. The same adaptation can be made for a spade.
This rake has been adapted for someone who cannot hold a rake, but who does have arm strength. Two handles made out of a bent strip of metal or aluminium are fixed onto it, so that one can put one's hands through the handles.
People who have difficulty holding a fork can be helped by fixing an extra grip half-way the bar. In this way the fork can be handled better. The grip at the end of the bar is also fixed in a comfortable position for the hand. The same adaptations can be made for a spade.