The garden dibber is an ancient tool used for planting seeds, tubers, bulbs, bare root stock and bulbs. It is a measured, pointed stick which is pushed into the ground to the required depth, swirled if necessary to make a larger hole for whatever is being planted, and removed. The seed or transplant is put in the hole and it is covered over or, in the case of the larger items, the dibber is shoved into the ground beside the hole and rocked back and forth to push the dirt against the item and to leave a water collecting hole that gradually closes over due to erosion from rains or irrigation. To make the project more interesting, I turn this one with an oval handle.
Start with a blank about 11" long and 1 1/4" to 2" square. This one is rectangular because it is what was on the pile. The small side is 1 1/4". Mark the center and then along one line make 2 marks each about 1/8" from center.
Mount on center between centers. Do not yet use the offset marks.
Rough it to round using roughing gouge or skew. I like using the skew in times like this because I intend to use it later and because it is a great time to practice the skew and simply get used to it on cuts that really do not matter.
Mark the blank to clear spur and tail center point indentations and for shaft and handle. I measure for the handle by grasping the blank and marking either side of my fist.
Rough point the shaft and separate the handle and shaft with a decorative line or a bead or two. The shaft is marked with v-cut grooves at intervals of 1" for planting measurement.