Category Archives: scythes

The vital wedge

It’s the subtle details of setting up your scythe that make a huge difference so don’t lose your wedge. Continue reading

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Scything around trees

Scything around trees
Can you cut as close with your strimmer? Continue reading

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Blue scythe

I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I went to the Highland Folk Museum in Scotland and saw the scythes in their collection. Continue reading

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The Mower

My friend Susan brought me back pictures of scythes from her recent visit to the newly revamped Tate Britain. Among them was The Mower by Sir Hamo Thornycroft. Made at the end of the 1800s it depicts a British labourer in … Continue reading

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Scythes in Scotland part 2

My second museum on the trip through Scotland was the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. I’d spoken to Bob Powell, head of the museum, on the phone to book a visit and been impressed when he’d mentioned that he keeps … Continue reading

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Scythes in Scotland

On my way up to teach a ‘Learn to Scythe’ weekend at Forres last summer I took the opportunity to visit two museums on the way and see if I could find out more about the Scottish scythe. In 2011 … Continue reading

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Buying the right size scythe

A scythe is a very personal tool and should be sized and adjusted to fit your body and mowing style for the most comfort and efficiency. This was especially true with the older English and American pattern scythes when the … Continue reading

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Snathmaking – handgrip alignment

I’ve been making snaths since 2007 when Peter Vido of Scythe Connection gave me a very quick tutorial on the various angles and ergonomics of a scythe handle. Since then I’ve studied the info online, talked further with Peter and … Continue reading

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Snath Making for Anna Karenina

The first days of filming for the mowing in Anna Karenina took place this week. Thirty mowers and haymakers from around the country were brought together with their scythes to create the scenes where Levin joins a large team of … Continue reading

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Straight snath making – handgrips

The 30 Russian snaths for the Anna Karenina movie are coming along well.  This week I’ve been in the woods looking for handgrips to fit to the straight snaths. I’m using the opportunity to try out a few ideas for designs of … Continue reading

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