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Scythe Peening Day 2016


Spring is allegedly here so it’s time for the first event of the scythe calendar. Get your scythe out of the shed this weekend for International Peening Day 2016! Continue reading

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How to sharpen a scythe left handed

Learning to scythe
On a recent day of individual scythe tuition, I took some photos of Jen demonstrating the best way to sharpen a scythe for left-handed mowers. Continue reading

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How's Your Peening?

<img class="alignright" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/7670707366_e589e367dc_m.jpg" alt="scythe peening workshop" / Well, Peening Day is done for another year; I hope you got your blades nicely cleaned and sharpened ready for the mowing season. If you're struggling, try asking yourself these questions Continue reading

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Picard Peening Hammer

Having the right tools for the job make everything much easier. After a fair bit of searching I’m pleased to say I’ve now found a source of Picard peening hammers in the UK from Vaughans of Stourbridge. If you’re placing … Continue reading

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Scythe Improvers and Peening weekend

After teaching so many beginners to scythe this summer, it was great to see some of them back for my Improver’s course at the weekend. Like any skill, learning to scythe well takes time and practise and it helps to … Continue reading

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One-to-One Scythe Tuition at Somerset Scythe Festival

Christiane and I will be running a small number of one-to-one workshops in mowing and peening at this year’s Somerset Scythe Festival on 16-17 June 2012 at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney. You can learn to improve your scything with individual attention … Continue reading

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A DIY Peening Bench

Only two weeks now until International Peening Day on April 1st so, in preparation, I thought I’d offer some instruction on making a simple and lightweight peening bench. While the best support for a peening anvil or jig is probably … Continue reading

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Peening hammer

The first stage of sharpening a scythe is to peen the blade, drawing out the edge to thin it and give the right bevel angle. When you start out, the peening jig designed and made by Schroeckenfux along with Peter … Continue reading

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