This is not what a friend’s garden trowel should look like, especially in early June, when its services are called for. After years of hard yard labour, the handle succumbed beyond repair.
I quickly shaped a piece of maple from the scrap bin on the lathe to fit both hand and metal, then cleaned the spade ready for re-assembly. The original stainless steel rivet was intact and I straightened it for reuse.
A push and a shove to put the handle in place, then I drilled a hole for the rivet, and a few carefully aimed blows with a hammer locked the rivet back into place to hold it all together for hopefully many years to come.