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A pitchfork next to a compost bin
A pitchfork next to a compost bin

Pitching hay
Pitching hay

A pitchfork is a tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines (also called prongs) used to lift and throw loose material, such as hay, leaves, grapes, or other agricultural products. Pitchforks typically have from 2 to 6 tines and have different lengths and spacing depending on purpose. It is similar to a spading fork, and the two are often confused. It is made from wood, steel, iron, bamboo, 2 types of metal mixed, etc.. Many people use the pitch fork on farms. It is an agricultural tool. Commercial tube compost bin; a simple way to hold a compost pile neatly in one place Taken by Ellen Levy Finch (Elf | Talk) March 16, 2004 File links The following pages link to this file: Container composting User:Elf/photos (full view) Pitchfork Categories: GFDL images ... Commercial tube compost bin; a simple way to hold a compost pile neatly in one place Taken by Ellen Levy Finch (Elf | Talk) March 16, 2004 File links The following pages link to this file: Container composting User:Elf/photos (full view) Pitchfork Categories: GFDL images ... A handful of compost A double-wide bin with compost at different stages of decomposition Compost is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic materials. ... Image File history File links Two men loading hay on a truck, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, July 28, 1936, Massachusetts From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Image File history File links Two men loading hay on a truck, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, July 28, 1936, Massachusetts From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... For other uses, see Tool (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hay (disambiguation). ... Look up foliage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the fruits of the genus Vitis. ... This article is about pitchfork, the tool. ...


The pitchfork has also frequently been used as a weapon by those who couldn't afford or didn't have access to more expensive weapons such as swords, or, later, guns. As a result, pitchforks are stereotypically carried by angry mobs or gangs of enraged peasants. For other uses, see Weapon (disambiguation). ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the video game. ... A throng of people returning from a show of fireworks spill in to the street stopping traffic at the intersection of Fulton Street and Gold Street in Lower Manhattan. ...


In Europe, the pitchfork was first used in the early Middle Ages, at about the same time as the harrow. The pitchfork was originally made entirely of wood; today, the tines are usually made of hard metal. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Crumbler roller, commonly used to compact soil after it has been loosened by a harrow In agriculture, a harrow is an implement for cultivating the surface of the soil, in this way it is distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper cultivation. ...

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Symbolism, literary and artistic references

Artistic usage

Arguably the most notable American artistic display of the pitchfork is in American Gothic, the painting by Grant Wood. In this painting it symbolizes hand labor. Less famous are paintings by various artists which depict a wide variety of pitchforks and other tools in use and at rest. For other uses, see American Gothic (disambiguation). ... American Gothic (1930) in the Art Institute of Chicago Stained glass window in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2004 Iowa state quarter Grant Wood, born Grant DeVolson Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter, born in Anamosa, Iowa. ...


Political usage

Because of its association with peasantry, the pitchfork is often a populist symbol and part of the nickname of populist leaders, thus:

The Gangster Disciples, a street gang in the midwestern United States, use a three-pointed pitchfork as one of their symbols. Benjamin Tillman Benjamin Ryan Tillman (August 11, 1847 - July 3, 1918) was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina from 1890 to 1894 and as a United States Senator from 1895 until his death. ... Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist, and broadcaster. ... The Gangster Disciples are a largely African-American, Chicago-based street gang. ...


Religious symbolism

The pitchfork is often used in satire of Christian demonology in popular media, especially in early humorous cartoons where a popular joke was a caricature of an angel and a devil sitting on the shoulders of the protagonist. More seriously, it bears a resemblance to the trident of the Greek god Poseidon and the Hindu god Shiva. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... Christian demonology has associated demons and symbols, attributing a variety of them to these entities. ... Cartoons started in the 1930s and 40s. ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes, see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection). ... This article is about the supernatural being. ... This is an overview of the Devil. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Neptune reigns in the city of Bristol. ... This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... For other uses, see Shiva (disambiguation). ...


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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up fork in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Tool (disambiguation). ... a Cutting Tool, in the context of Metalworking is any tool that is used to remove metal from the workpiece by means of shear deformation. ... Adze The tool known as the adze [pronounced adds] serves for smoothing rough-cut wood in hand woodworking. ... Axe For other uses, see Axe (disambiguation). ... A blade is the flat part of a tool or weapon that normally has a cutting edge and/or pointed end typically made of a metal, most recently, steel intentionally used to cut, stab, slice, throw, thrust, or strike an animate or inainimate object. ... Bolt cutters A bolt cutter is a scissors-like tool used for cutting heavy chains, bolts and wire mesh. ... A push style 5/16 keyway broach A broach is a series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. ... Ceramic tile cutters are used to cut tiles to a required size or shape. ... For other uses, see Chainsaw (disambiguation). ... A countersink is a tapered hole drilled with a wide outer portion. ... Several types of endmills An endmill is a type of Milling cutter, a cutting tool used in industrial milling applications. ... A froe is cleaving tool having a heavy blade set at right angles to the handle, used for woodworking. ... This article is about the tool. ... Drill bits are cutting tools used to create cylindrical holes. ... modern factory-made Machete For other uses, see Machete (disambiguation). ... Milling cutters are cutting tools used in milling machines or machining centres. ... Collection of Modern Safety Razors - Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette M3Power, Mach3 Turbo Champion, Schick Quattro Chrome, Schick Quattro Power, Gillette Mach3, Gillette Sensor, Schick Xtreme3, Schick Xtreme SubZero, and Schick Xtreme3 Disposables A razor is an edge tool primarily used in shaving. ... A reamer or ream is a tool for enlarging holes and is used in metalworking. ... Portable saw A saw is a tool for cutting wood or other material, consisting of a serrated blade (a blade with the cutting edge dentated or toothed) and worked either by hand or by steam, water, electric or other power. ... For other uses, see Scalpel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Scissors (disambiguation). ... This article is about a type of knife. ... A tool bit generally refers to a plain High Speed Steel (HSS) tool. ... A diagram of a water jet cutter A water jet cutter is a tool capable of slicing into metal or other materials using a jet of water at high velocity and pressure, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance. ... small spade for clay soil; the other one for sandy soil and loamy soil A garden tool is any one of many tools made for gardens and gardening and overlaps with the range of tools made for agriculture and horticulture. ... Cultivator A cultivator is a farm implement for stirring and pulverizing the soil, either before planting or to remove weeds and to aerate and loosen the soil after the crop has begun to grow. ... A garden fork differs from a pitchfork because it is designed for digging rather than for lifting. ... Garden hedges, which used to be cut with a knife or with pruning shears, can now be cut with a powered hedge trimmer. ... Agricultural square bladed hoe. ... Hori hori is a gardening tool originally from Japan. ... A lawn mower (often spelled as one word—lawnmower) is a machine (electric or mechnical) used to cut grass to an even length. ... A lawn aerator is a garden tool designed to aerate the soil in which lawn grasses grow. ... The leaf blower was invented by Japanese engineers in the early 1970s and introduced to the United States as a lawn and garden maintenance tool. ... A leaf sweeper can be pushed or towed. ... Loppers Loppers are a type of scissors used for pruning twigs and small branches. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This combination heavy duty rake and hoe tool is named after Ranter Malcolm McLeod. ... A mini-tractor, also known as a compact tractor, can be used for a variety of purposes in larger gardens: lawn mowing, leaf sweeping, cultivating, removing snow, pulling a cart. ... The traditional way: a German farmer works the land with a horse and plough. ... Sheares are doubled-bladed cutting implements with straight blades of between 200mm and 300mm. ... The pulaski is a special hand tool used in wildland firefighting. ... A heavy-duty rake for soil and rocks A light-duty rake for grass and leaves A double-sided rake A Rake better known as Kiran Buckman in various parts of Australia (Old English raca, cognate with Dutch raak, German Rechen, from a root meaning to scrape together, heap up... Secateurs, also called hand pruners, or loppers are a type of long scissors, with which one can prune branches of trees and shrubs. ... For other uses, see Spade (disambiguation). ... An underground sprinkler system about to be installed Irrigation sprinklers are used on farms, golf courses, residential yards, and other places to water crops, lawns, gardens or other plants in the event of drought. ... // A string trimmer, also called a line trimmer, edge trimmer, Weedeater (a brandname), Weedwhacker, weedy, whipper snipper, strimmer, garden strimmer, or bush cutter is a powered handheld device that uses a flexible monofilament line instead of a blade for cutting grass and other plants near objects. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... A hand tool is a device for doing a particular job that does not use a motor, but is powered solely by the person using it. ... A Brace or Brace and bit is a hand tool used to drill holes. ... This article is about the tool. ... For other uses, see Clamp. ... Standard hacksaws. ... For other uses, see Hammer (disambiguation). ... A crossut handsaw In woodworking and carpentry, hand saws are used to cut pieces of wood into different shapes. ... A spirit level A spirit level or bubble level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is level or plumb. ... Needle-nose pliers Pliers are hand tools, designed primarily for gripping objects by using leverage. ... A variety of punches are used in engineering. ... A basic screwdriver made by Craftsman (slotted tip shown) A rechargeable battery-powered electric screwdriver from Black & Decker The screwdriver is a device specifically designed to insert and tighten, or to loosen and remove, screws. ... A torque wrench is a wrench used to precisely set the torque of a fastening such as a nut or bolt. ... Polyurethane sponge Close-up A sponge is a tool consisting of porous material used for cleaning impervious surfaces. ... A power tool is a tool with a motor. ... A bandsaw in use A bandsaw (often spelled band saw in the US) is a saw that can be used for woodworking, metal working, and a variety of other materials. ... Bosch belt sander Stationary belt sander. ... For other uses, see Chainsaw (disambiguation). ... Invented in England in 1780, the circular saw (also known as the buzz saw in the USA) is a metal disc or blade with saw teeth on the edge as well as the machine that causes the disk to spin. ... A concrete saw being readied for use. ... A crusher is a machine designed to reduce large solid chunks of raw material into smaller chunks. ... A diamond blade is a circular saw blade used for cutting hard or abrasive materials. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Sander. ... For other uses, see Drill (disambiguation). ... Rotating abrasive wheel on a bench grinder. ... Heat Gun Kit A heat gun is a device used to emit a stream of hot air. ... A 1/2 drive pistol-grip air impact wrench An impact wrench (also knows as an air wrench, air gun, or just gun in some contexts, as well as rattle gun in some countries) is a socket wrench power tool designed to deliver high torque output with minimal exertion by... A Bosch power jigsaw A jigsaw is a type of saw used for cutting arbitrary curves, such as stenciled designs or other custom shapes, into a piece of wood or similar material. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Conventional metalworking lathe In woodturning, metalworking, metal spinning, and glassworking, a lathe is a machine tool which spins a block of material so that when abrasive, cutting, or deformation tools are applied to the block, it can be shaped to produce an object which has rotational symmetry about an axis... A radial arm saw is a machine intended for cutting materials to length. ... Random orbit sanders are hand-held power sanders where the action is a random orbit. ... A handheld power tool with a variety of rotating accessory bits and attachments that can be used for cutting, carving, sanding, polishing and many other applications. ... A sander is a power tool used to smooth wood and automotive or wood finishes. ... A table saw or sawbench is the most common piece of large woodworking equipment. ... A thicknesser (also known as a thickness planer) is a woodworking machine which is used to create boards that are of an even thickness throughout their length. ... A D-handle fixed-base router A router is a woodworking tool used to rout out (hollow out) an area in the face of a piece of wood. ... An antique tool is generally defined as a tool over 100 years old[], but often this definition is used more loosely to refer to any tool manufactured before World War II. The use of tools is one of the primary means by which humans are distinguished from animals. ... A diamond tool is a cutting tool which contains diamond segments for cutting through a wide variety of materials which other cutting tools cannot. ...

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Pitchfork - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (292 words)
A pitchfork is a tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines (also called prongs) used to lift and throw loose material, such as hay, leaves, grapes, or other agricultural products.
As a result, pitchforks are stereotypically carried by angry mobs or gangs of enraged peasants.
A spading fork (sometimes called a garden fork) is another tool that is forklike and is sometimes also called a pitchfork; it is used for loosening and lifting soil in a garden or farm and is used similarly to a spade.
Pitchfork Media - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (657 words)
Pitchfork is reputed to have significant influence in the independent music world, and is often credited with helping Canadian band The Arcade Fire rise to fame.
Pitchfork was created in Minneapolis in late 1995 by life-long music obsessive Ryan Schreiber, then just out of high school.
In 2005, Pitchfork was chosen to curate the Intonation Music Festival, attracting some 15,000 attendees to Chicago's Union Park for shows by top-tier indie bands such as Broken Social Scene and the Decemberists.
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