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Scything Workshop

Saturday 21 July 2018 09:45 - 16:00



The scythe is enjoying a resurgence in the UK thanks to imported lightweight continental scythes. Such tools are surprisingly effective and enjoyable to use, and a low tech, low carbon alternative.

With the right knowhow, you can tackle small meadows, weeds such as nettles, grassy verges and even lawns. Having steadily evolved for at least 2,000 years, this really is a tool of the future!

Each course participant is issued with an Austrian scythe. You will learn about the three interacting factors that make for successful mowing: setting up the scythe optimally, keeping it sharp, and mowing effectively and efficiently.

This workshop will also include the following: component parts of a scythe; history of the scythe; comparison of English and continental scythes; honing with a whetstone; adjustments to the angle of the blade; individual coaching on mowing movement; uses of different types of blade; demonstration of peening (edge shaping by hammering); maintenance and repair of blades; vegetation management (including advice tailored to participants).

Throughout the training a number of safe procedures will be impressed on participants, as the blades are razor sharp. Cut-resistant gloves will be provided. You can also purchase your own Austrian scythe on the day.


£85 pp includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all tuition/activities.


Arrive at 9.45am for morning tea. The course will start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

What to bring: 

Outdoor footwear, a sun hat and waterproof clothing just in case. The course is based around lightweight Austrian scythes. A set will be provided to each participant, but if you have your own you can bring that. Chris can also supply Austrian scythes. If you have an English scythe you can bring it along for discussion purposes.

Why not book a B&B and stay for our Barn Dance in the evening?


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