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.
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On Sunday I organised a group of volunteers, the NW scythe ‘gang’, to do some coppicing in Edward & Romola Acland’s woods. It’s a 2 acre hazel with standards woodland that Edward & Romola have been working for about 20 … Continue reading
Over the winter, when there’s not doing so much scything I’ve been organising the NW Scythe group (“The Gang” as Edward calls us) in coppicing some neglected hazel at Haybridge Nature Reserve. When you’re cutting in amongst the stems, a … Continue reading
This week I met with Ian & Edward to discuss our currach building project. I’ve been thinking about another boat project since I finished the recovery kayak and I was attracted to the curach as another lightweight skin-on-frame boat. The … Continue reading
The production company for ‘Anna Karenina’ have decided they want 30 extras for the mowing scene with Levin. At the beginning of the week I was commissioned to make the straight Russian-style snaths for everyone. Since time is short and … Continue reading
On Sunday I met with other members of the Coppice Association NW (CANW) at Moss and Heights Spring Woods for a day of peeling oak bark. The woods were worked for many years by legendary coppicer Bill Hogarth up until … Continue reading
A straight stail is essential for a good rake so it can slide through your hands while you work and and for balance. You can test a rake’s balance by holding it horizontally in your hands. As you relax your … Continue reading