Scything courses and workshops across the UK. Learn to scythe and master this traditional rural skill, which uses a large curved knife on a pole or 'staithe' to hand mow grass or reap crops. The scythe was traditionally used for cutting hay and initially replaced the sickle, a similar but smaller hand tool, by being ergonomically more advanced and comfortable. Scything involves a left swinging motion or stroke to create a 'swathe' of cut grass. Good exercise!
A course designed for complete beginners. You will learn how to adjust your scythe to fit you, the correct angle for the blade and a relaxed "all body" style of mowing. Sharpening and care are also included.
The scythe is a modern, lightweight and simple tool suitable for all ages which will enable you to manage vegetation including grass, weeds, bramble and more in areas where machinery is not possible or unsuitable. There is no need for protective equipment and the lack of noise enables workers to engage with any visiting public as well as the surrroundings.
About Steve Tomlin
Steve first learned to use a scythe in the Pyrennes in 2001...
The Austrian scythe is a modern, lightweight and efficient tool ideal for managing your myou will findeadow, orchard, allotment or garden. With no noise or fumes to disturb you and working at your own pace, scything bring a new pleasure in cutting your grass.
Come and learn to scythe with internationally recognised expert Steve Tomlin. Steve learned to scythe in 2001 and has since gone on to teach hundreds of people across the UK including...
The art of scything dates back hundreds of years and is still a very valid form of land management used today. This course will discuss the reasons why we scythe and the best places that it can be done.
Mark Allery has taught these specialist skills for years and enjoys getting people started. He covers safety, tool maintenance and of course, the practical technique of scything.
Mark has all the tools needed to teach on...