The Scythe Book by David Tresemer
…with addendum on the practical use of the scythe by Peter Vido
The original Scythe Book has at last been reprinted. This is the book that many UK scythers started with in the early 2000’s, when Peter Vido was travelling Europe to help bring about his dream of a “Scythe Renaissance”.
David Tresemer’s writing is interesting, in part because of his exploration of the philosophical aspects of scything as well as the practical. His practical advice is sometimes at odds with what is currently considered good practice.
But that brings us to the gold in this book
The late Peter Vido wrote the addendum to correct what he saw as some of the errors in the original publication and to expand on the body of scythe knowledge in general.
We were privileged to meet Peter Vido when he came to the UK in 2005 and again in 2006. He gave us our first lessons in the scythe and, along with Simon Fairlie, set us off on our scythe journey. He was passionate about the scythe, highly knowledgeable and not shy about sharing his opinions! This book is a great opportunity to own and enjoy some of his distinctive writing.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
For the gardener, farmer, or homeowner, a good scythe is an efficient and enjoyable tool for cutting grasses and weeds and harvesting small grains.
Author David Tresemer presents the results of years of research and practical experience so that the reader may learn to use and enjoy the scythe. In an age when most wonder how they can accomplish anything without the aid of electricity or petrol, The Scythe Book shows how a traditional hand tool can often outperform more modern technology.
This new edition includes an addendum on the practical use of the scythe by Peter Vido. Beginning with his recollections from boyhood in Slovakia, Vido shares what he has learned from European mowers and scythe-makers during trips to countries where scythes are still routinely used. He also provides detailed guidance on fitting the scythe (blade and snath) to the individual, care and repair of the blade, principles of movement, and much fascinating lore.
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