We are pleased to be stocking wooden rakes from Rudd’s Rake Factory in Cumbria. John Rudd’s grandfather started the business in the 1890’s and the business is in family hands to this day.
While nowadays people are buying them for many purposes, from raking gravel and gathering autumn leaves to leveling fresh concrete (!), we will be using them for their traditional purpose – hay making.
The rakes are light, important if you will be using one for any length of time, and strong. The shaft and head are made of ash, as is the steam bent bow that strengthens the head. The teeth are made from hard-wearing silver birch. The rake is 6″ long and the head is 2′ 6″ wide.
The rakes are available for pick up at £30 or via online order at £46. The additional charge is to take into account that post and packing is expensive for such a big item.
PLEASE NOTE – due to size restrictions we cannot post rakes to remote postcodes eg Isle of Man, N Ireland, Highlands and Islands.
If in doubt, please contact us before you order.
Very occasionally you may lose a tooth from your rake. We’ve never broken a tooth in hours and hours of use, but it is theoretically possible.
The teeth are easy to replace – gently knock out the remains (if any) of the old tooth and knock in a new one.
More information about
Rudd’s Rake Factory
This article is a detailed interview with Mr Rudd with plenty of pictures of the rake making process, including the “Demon Dentist” used to fit the teeth!
Right is a video about the factory.