At the end of January Phil and I travelled to the winter meeting of the Scythe Association (SABI). This year the meeting was hosted by Richard Brown in Norfolk. As well as attending to the business of the Scythe Association the group spent two enjoyable sessions mowing in the wetland nature reserve that Richard helps manage. Called “The Saltings”, the approximately 8 hectare reserve is … Continue reading Mowing Reed in Norfolk
Here is a lovely little animation featuring some mini urban scythers. Watch right to the end for a little scythe safety tip.
Back in August we spent an enjoyable day with Andrew from Coast and Country (ITV Wales), talking about scything and hand hay making. The piece will be going out this Friday 14th October at 8pm on ITV Wales. If you live outside of Wales, the programme will be available at Coast and Country, Series 4, Episode-17 The part recorded at the Trust starts at 11 … Continue reading Scything on Coast and Country (ITV Wales)
The 50 cm length of the Falci 128 Trimming blade is now back in stock, as is the 80cm length of the Falci 106 International Meadow blade. We also have received stock of The Scything Handbook from the publishers, which is now available to buy from the book section of the shop. Something to read during the lengthening autumn evenings perhaps?
Prince Charles loves scything according to the Daily Mail. In the article, Debs Goodenough, Prince Charles’ head gardener, says: ‘Some people even do it barefoot – although not the prince, I have to stress! Over the years, Phil has experienced comment and surprise when mowing barefoot out in public. Here at the Trust we both generally choose to mow barefoot when conditions allow. Mowing barefoot … Continue reading The Prince and the Barefoot Mowers
It’s called The Scything Handbook. Author Ian Miller is based on a small homestead in Iowa. The American publishers of the book, New Society say: “Written by a master of the scythe, professionally trained in Austria, and drawing deeply on research into original German texts, The Scything Handbook brings centuries-old scything techniques into the 21st century. Detailed illustrations cover scythe assembly, perfecting the stroke, blade … Continue reading There’s a new scythe book coming…..
Due to demand, we have decided to offer one more chance to come and learn to mow with us this year. Our last Introductory Scythe Course for 2016 will be on Wednesday 14th September. See this page to book. We still have places on the Peening and Sharpening Workshop on Sunday 18th September. This is a great opportunity to get to grips with the art … Continue reading Extra Introductory Scythe Course Added