Permaculture forum: About scything

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hazelnut
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.
http://scytheconnected.blogspot.com/
http://www.scytheconnection.com/adp/snathmaking/snath2.html
Hafting the blade to the snath.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32bGBjHOXUc&feature=related
Mowing canary grass.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0muYIpG4eE&feature=related
Girls mowing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lygbTKzu47Y&feature=related
Austrian scythe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOBZZSiRIk8&feature=related
English vs European scythe


rosemary
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.
http://www.scythesaustralia.com.au/

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hazelnut
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.

http://www.scythesaustralia.com.au/proddetail.php?prod=P0017

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mcash70
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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hazelnut
Aug 21, 2012 7:01 AM CST
No extra bellyfat on a scyther!

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