Advanced scything course with Steve Tomlin in Perthshire
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About the Course
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 and was instantly hooked by it's efficiency and ergonomics. He is a founder member and Training Coordinator for the Scythe Association (Britain & Ireland) and has spent time in Europe working with scythe experts in Austria and elsewhere. Since beginning to teach in 2010, he has taught several hundred people to scythe, and is recognised as the leading scythe teacher in the UK and the author of the 'Learn to Scythe' book.
In addition to his own courses in mowing and peening, he is an instructor for new scythe teachers and have taught the use of the scythe for the RHS, National Trust, Highgrove Estate, BBC Countryfile with John Craven and ITV's Countrywise with Paul Heiney.
Outline of the Course
The focus of the 'Learn to Mow' course is practical skills and learning-by-doing to send people away ready to continue on their own.
The course day runs from 10 – 4:30pm and will cover the following topics:
- Features and advantages of the Austrian scythe
- How to set up the scythe to your size & adjust the blade
- Ergonomic mowing style for more efficient cutting and less stress on the body
- Sharpening in the field
- Peening (hammering the blade to shape the edge as part of the sharpening
process) - half of the day in the advanced course is spent on this.
- Care & maintenance
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials, lunch and refreshments. Please bring your own scythe if you have one.