Five years of toil yielded excellent results for firm

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A mother and son team from Kirkby Lonsdale are celebrating the launch of their first garden tool to market, after almost five years of hard work and logistical headaches.

Carine Jeanrenaud got the idea for the Zig-Zag Hoe after seeing her friend, a retired farmer, hoeing his vegetable plot with a very unusual hoe. She tried it out and was so impressed by the easy action and minimal soil resistance that she started to develop her own design concept and set up the company Crazy Horse Tools.

She said: “It was a very old tool and had most probably been handmade. I have searched but never found one like it.”

After struggling to find a company who would make a prototype, Carine eventually found J Mortimer Fabrications in Kirkby Lonsdale, and further support arrived when her son, Quinn, joined the business. The pair enlisted the help of business advisor Nik Grimshaw at Morecambe’s Bay Business Centre, who put them in contact with Charlie Rea, a manufacturing adviser, who led them to Tek-Neek, a sheet metal company in Blackburn.

WE Holden at Laithes Mill near Penrith completed the challenge with sustainably sourced ash handles. The tool was launched at Holker Garden Festival last weekend.