Sunday, July 27, 2014


Large gardens were a common site in communal Amana. They were tended diligently by bonneted women and girls. The many kitchen houses supplied food for hundreds so needed many crops. The woodworkers made some handy and useful tools for the gardening work. One was the dibble or Setzholz, used to set bulbs or plants. It was used to drill a hole in the dirt so one could plant easier. Some dibbles were fancier than others, some painted, some plain. I find them an interesting, useful folk art, even today. RS

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