THE MODERN MINT BLOG
We are sorry to say there has been a price increase in our copper tools.
These incredible tools/works of art are handmade in Europe and since we have left the EU the unfavourable exchange rate no longer allows us to absorb increased costs from production.
This comes at the same time that the tools are gaining huge popularity worldwide (hurray for sensible folk who want to garden with great tools that last a lifetime, rather than throwaway rubbish!) and the foundry are struggling to keep up with demand.
For example, only one person does the brazing on the large copper tools (he doesn’t trust anyone else to do as good a job!) and parts for the Nunki weeder, our favourite hand held hoe, are running low meaning there is a shortage of these wonderful tools too.
The price increase post-Brexit is small but we hope you understand it is no longer possible to keep them at such a great low price. We hope you will still find this new cost excellent value, as we want you to buy and use these tools for a long long time – copper tools are the best!
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Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022