Travis made his first copper gardening tool in 2011. A passionate gardener, he was inspired by the work of the Austrian naturalist movement, which showed that using copper tools could benefit soils in agriculture.
At the time Travis found a handy supply of copper tubing and sheets being thrown away at building sites and so, he designed and made his first prototype: ‘tube’.
Since then his elegant range of artisan digging tools has evolved to incorporate timber-handled designs and other unique variations. “I love working with copper,” he says. “It’s an extraordinary metal. Malleable enough to shape into interesting and organic curves but strong enough to last you a lifetime in the garden.”
He really stands by his tools and he is happy for you to return your unused tool within 2 weeks of purchase to receive a refund. If any problems arise due to faulty workmanship he would also like to hear from you so he can replace the tool.
So far Grafa has featured in Le Monde M Magazine France, Monocle Magazine, Z Magazine in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, The Guardian Weekend Magazine UK, Trouve Magazine USA, The Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue Living Australia, Inside Out Magazine, Green Magazine, Gourmet Traveller, Country Style, ABC Organic Gardener Magazine & The Age Sunday Life.
Grafa tools also appeared in two different promotional installations as part of The Chelsea Garden Show 2015.