Permaculture forum: About scything

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Jul 6, 2012 1:44 PM CST
For some reason Ive been finding scythe blades at the local flea market. I bought 3 just to figure out how to haft them. What I am learning is that there is a whole theory and practice that I didn't know about.

About scythes.
Hafting the blade to the snath.
Mowing canary grass.
Girls mowing
Austrian scythe
English vs European scythe

Jul 21, 2012 2:27 AM CST
Check out the doings at Hazelcombe Farm, NSW, Australia. They sure know about scythes, and hold 2 (weekend) workshops each year. The attendees are all keen to learn/share about scything and have a common interest in 'living lightly', eg other topics might include natural fertilisers, hand-made tools.

Charter ATP Member
Jul 21, 2012 7:51 AM CST
Thanks, Rosemary. I have 3 blades now and Im still looking for a way to haft them. The on-line handles are outrageously expensive. And Im not sure I need anything but a plain straight handle.

Maybe their "blade attachement ring" is the answer.

[Last edited by hazelnut - Jul 21, 2012 7:54 AM (+)]
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Aug 20, 2012 8:42 PM CST
I remember my grandfather using a scythe, such a beautiful motion, fascinating to watch. Smiling

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Aug 21, 2012 7:01 AM CST
No extra bellyfat on a scyther!

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