Agricultural Implements

A proper tool handle is one of the basic requirements for the safety and high productivity of forest workers. Several forest tools have wooden and metallic parts. Substantial amount of work has been done throughout the world to design tool handles, which fulfill the agronomical and physical requirements of the job. In the case of wooden handles, the choice of the species depends upon its strength and other desirable characteristics. Beside strength and elasticity, other properties such as smoothness and the type of splintering that takes place during the failure of a handle are also important [14]. Inhabitants of the area use different plants species in making agricultural implements, ploughs, tools handles, sticks, sickle, dagger, hoe, axe and knife handles. They are made from locally available hard and soft wood. Quercus leuctrichophora, Dalbergia sissoo, Morus spp. Diospyrus lotus, Acacia spp. Juglans regia, Melia azedarach and Olea ferruginea are among the commonly utilized species. The most preferred wood is that of Quercus leuctrichophora, Olea ferruginea, Morus alba, M. nigra, Melia azedarach, Psiticia integrrima, Salix tetrasperma, Populus alba, Diospyros lotus, Dalbergia sissoo and Acacia spp. (Fig. 2.5).

Fig. 2.5 Wood for construction purpose

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