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Project by Lazyman posted 05-22-2016 01:42 PM 1225 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Years ago a friend of mine showed me an trick for finding earth worms for fishing without digging for them. By sticking a notched stick in the ground and rasping another stick against it, you drive the worms crazy and they throw themselves on the surface. You have to find a moist shady spot with lots of rotting leaf litter. When you find the right spot, you’ll get dozens of worms in under a minute. It’s actually kind of creepy to see them slither out of the ground. I suppose you could also use it to kill vampires.

I made this one for a friend who was asking me about the best way to start an earth worm farm. It’s made from a salvaged piece of ambrosia hickory. The finish is Tried and True Varnish Oil applied as a friction finish after sanding to 600 grit.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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#1 posted 05-22-2016 01:59 PM

I’ve heard of this before it is very interesting how it works.

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 04:36 PM

I’ve never heard of this but will have to try this, thx for sharing. Cool project.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 06:22 PM

Got to try this idea. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 06:44 PM

It sounds like a nice practical project. It should make a great gift or crafts fair project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 11:00 AM

interesting. I’m assuming it tricks the worms into thinking it’s heavy rain drops hitting the ground and they surface so they don’t drown.

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 01:32 PM

Apparently, I used the wrong term. I should have called this a worm charmer:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worm_charming.
Someone told me that this doesn’t work with New Jersey worms but it definitely works with the southern species of worms.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 06:32 PM

There was a ‘Dirty Jobs’ episode with a device much like this. They called it ‘worm grunting’ and they rubbed a steel bar over the end of a spike driven into the ground. Same concept, it vibrated the spike.
Theory was the vibrations simulated the noise a mole makes and the worms instinct is to get above ground to avoid being eaten.

As a kid I would use a pitch fork to turn over the soil to find worms. The garden did great and I did get worms, but your charmer would have been much less work!

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 01:58 PM

Very interesting! Now I will have to check this out! Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 06:37 PM

Very neat!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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