According to Webster’s a Hod is a tray or trough that has a pole handle and is borne on the shoulder for carrying loads (as of mortar or brick). None of the garden hods I have seen in recent years would be carried on the shoulder, but they do have a pole handle and are used for carrying produce.
I’ve been eyeing some beautiful hods at the garden center and, while they weren’t overly expensive, I was delighted when I found the directions for building my own at http://www.runnerduck.com.
The directions are brief, but easy to follow and the only thing that might be tricky is drilling holes large enough for inserting the dowel handle. I used a spade bit (like the ones I used for the Yule Deer 11/18/12), with the handle suports held firmly in a vise. I really do need to get a drill press one of these days.
Hardware cloth is one of my favorite craft materials (see Suet holders 1/10/13) so I had some regular galvanized HC on hand. I plan to build another hod – maybe a little bigger – with some green coated HC.
Meanwhile, I have received the first proof of the layout for the book and it is gorgeous! We’ll go through a couple of rounds of revisions and then send it off to the printer by fall. We’re right on schedule for an early spring 2014 delivery!