How to make pond rake

How to make rake for raking water plants and surface algae for big domestic pond.

The other day I got dozen yellow Koi fish. I introduce them in to my pond but there is a problem.

You know the phrase ‘ from too much trees you can’t see the forest’, it is the same in my pond. It got too much of water vegetation in it, so you cannot see the fish.

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The solution is: or to ask (and pay) somebody to clean the pond or to do it myself. If I can I always do it myself, but for that, I need a special devise. Problems are one, I cannot buy it off the shelf and two, as I said, if I can, I do it myself.  So i set about to do it and I will try to show you how I did it.

I built it from scrap metal bits that I found scattering in my workshop. It was old farm broken piece, old gate bolt and nails. General dimension are: 300mm x 180mm and 100mm long nails.

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I had to do some size adjusting

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then some re shaping in my gas forge

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and finally some arc welding.


I am not a welder as you can see, but it served the purpose.

I attached it to 18m rope and down to the pond.

The raking is simple, you stand firm on the pond bank and throw the rake adjusting the strength of the throw according to desire distance. and drag it back to you.

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the result is not that bad, in one hour you can clean serval hundreds kilo of water plant.

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Things to conceder

18m rope length is just about right for normal man throw. but you can throw it farther.

For durability and longevity you may consider using thicker nails, though 100mm long is good length size.

For cleaning the surface of the pond I advise to attached some mean of buoyancy to the rake. maybe in my next model I will weld few eyelets to the main rake shaft on the back side, so it is easy to fix the floats to it.




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Clay digging

Hi there

Today is all about how to dig clay out of your garden ground and purifying it for art & crafts activity.

I had a few Yucca trees lying around in my garden. I don’t like to throw away plants, so I decided to plant them in remote part of the garden.

Also, at the time of my decision to plant the yucca trees, I did try to fit brass guard to one of my knife. It didn’t fit, so I decided to cast my own brass guard (on that in deferent post).

Anyway back to the clay, as soon as I started to dig hols for the trees  I notice significant clay lumps mixed with the soil that I dug. So,,, hey presto. I can make clay out of it and use it for the guard moulding. Clay1

My clay purifying process:

I began by sorting out the clay lumps from the rest of the soil and as the clay is sticky, that process is very easy.

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Now I gave the clay lumps initial washing under running water.

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Then I went and mixed the lumps with plenty of water to dissolve them  into the water.


Now I sieved the clay slurry through coarse strainer and gradually reduced the mesh size of the strainer, until I got read of the entire small particle that is not clay (pebbles, gravel and organic maters).

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Now you can pour the slurry to the widest trough that you can find, end place it in the hottest place in your property. The idea behind it, is to let the water evaporate to leave nice shiny clay.


I did make mould for my knife guard, then I burn it in my wood burning stove for few hours, and the end result is not bad. It will be interesting to give the clay a proper burning in proprietary kiln to see the real quality of the clay. Maybe one day I get to it.

One last thing.

You can look at your local area Engineering Geology Map.

something like that

That will give you clue in regard of clay presence in your garden.

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Knife making and other sharp tools course.


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Make your own knife, no prior experience is required.

Using basic tools, scrap metal and very hot fire (from gas forge) you will learn how to build knifes or other sharp tools.

You will learn: basic design, materials, metal manipulation, hand grinding, heat treatment, bolster fitting, handle material and fitting, polishing and finishing the knife.

You will also learn how to design and make a leather sheath.

For more details, contact Ronen Burstein



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The dyslexic craftsman

Hi there

This is my blog.

It will going to be about knife making, Art & crafts, Products review, The App’ corner and Food recipes.

I use to do architecture and as it was my main occupation, I didn’t have time to be really creative. Fortunately or not? at the moment I am not particular busy, and to my surprise I find that my creativity is back, and my sketch book starting to feel up quickly. But art in the closet are not good, so I started the blog to expos my stuff and myself.

Maybe it will help like minded people, and maybe it will generate some on-line interesting dialogue.




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