Handmade Steel Compost Aerator

Handmade compost aerator featuring a steel tine and hardwood handle. Use to turn your compost piles easily and efficiently without straining your back. Made in Orangeville, Canada. (more info)

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Handmade Steel Compost Aerator - Kaufmann Mercantile

Using a good compost in your garden has far reaching benefits: it enriches the soil, which enriches the plants, which in turn, when eaten, enrich your body with more of those essential nutrients we all need to thrive.

It sounds straightforward enough, but any gardener who’s tried their luck at composting knows it isn’t quite so simple as just tossing your leftover table scraps into a heap in the backyard. Building a healthy compost pile is all about seeking a balance between temperature, material, drainage, and aeration.

This unique tool is the original design of retired forester and compost enthusiast Jim Lindsay. Searching for a system that would make turning and aerating his compost a quicker, more comfortable operation, Lindsay eventually settled on an outsized corkscrew-like design in sturdy steel with a free spinning hardwood handle. This tool allows the user to drill down into a heap and bring material deep from within the center back up to the surface with ease and efficiency, all while sparing one’s back from unnecessary strain. Adding extra oxygen to your compost in this way allows it to decompose more quickly, meaning it will be ready to help give your flowers and vegetables a boost in no time.

Use & Care

Turn the crank to screw the auger into your compost heap and then pull it out, bringing a core of material to the surface. Repeat this process several times until the compost is well aerated and mixed. This tool can also be used to bury food into your heap and move the outer layer of materials to the core of the pile. For best results, continue adding material to your compost all through the winter and mix it up when it thaws in the spring.

It's best if you don't leave your aerator lying around outdoors. Instead, store it somewhere safe and dry. For the sake of longevity, the handle can be occasionally treated with vegetable oil or with a product like Skidmore's Liquid Beeswax Woodfinish.

Production & Design

A retired forester, Jim Lindsay originally designed this compost aerator to suit his own needs. Refined through trial and error over the last twenty-five years, he now produces every last tool by hand from his workshop (or from his garden, on nicer days).

After purchasing the steel rods, Jim sharpens, cleans, waxes and bends the metal into the desired shape. He makes the hardwood handles about thirty at a time, drilling rounding, and sanding them himself. Each finished product that leaves Jim's workshop is truly a work of care, precision and craftsmanship.


36 inches (91.4 cm) long
3.25 inch (8.25 cm) diameter coil

Steel, hardwood

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