On the Continent it’s standard practise for an expert to peen the blades for competitors in scythe competitions but when George Montague won the 2013 British Scythe Championship with a blade I had peened for him it caused quite a stir.
This year I was again asked to peen for George and the practise was formally recognised by our governing body (ie Simon Fairlie) who not only acknowledged it’s acceptance at this years Scythe Festival but awarded Stuart Aylett with a medal 10 years after he was wrongly disqualified from the first scythe competition after it was discovered that Peter Vido had peened his blade for him.
Stuart deserves a medal anyway for all the hard work he and his team put into building the Scythe Festival site each year so it’s great to see him getting some glory for his mowing too.
A comprehensive and practical guide to working with an Austrian scythe. Perfect if you cannot attend a course or as a reference guide following tuition.