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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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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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Russian Snaths

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

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Going Straight!

With reference to Steve’s note (April 9th) on the Pembrokeshire snath in the Museum of English Rural Life, those interested in snath variations can study this page from an old catalogue. I came across this on the internet. It’s a … Continue reading

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Pembrokeshire Snath

A couple of weeks ago I went to London to install a sculptural staircase bannister as part of my day job as a woodworker.  While I was in the south-east I took a side trip to Reading and spent a … Continue reading

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