Digging Up Drainage Tile

A drainage tile collection tells the important story of the solution to farm drainage problems.

Tile spades
Other pieces from Wilfrid’s collection. At right, a clay tile spade. The 20-inch spade has a hand-carved handle made from one piece of wood. At left, a tile spade used in gumbo (sticky black soil), also with a handle made from one piece of wood.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus