Scything for beginners

Scything is a "green" way of cutting grass, nettles, brambles, and paths between borders and allotments, without the use of heavy machinery and fossil fuel.  In a recent competition, a person using a scythe mowed more than a person using a strimmer, in a given time.
You will be learning scything using an Austrian scythe provided by the tutor, Chris Riley.  Click on his name above to see more about him.  If you have a scythe at home, please bring it along (whatever kind it is) and Chris will be able to give advice about its use.  Please wear closed toe shoes (i.e. no sandals) and long trousers (we might be scything nettles).  Please dress appropriately for the weather (i.e. if it's a sunny day, bring a hat).  All equipment and safety equipment will be provided by Chris, but you can buy your own scythe from him on the day. 
Please let me know if you are bringing an Austrian scythe, as we can then take more people on the course.
You will learn:
- The various uses of the scythe
- Parts of the scythe
- How to set up the scythe to fit your height
- 'Body-friendly' mowing technique
- How to sharpen the scythe safely 
- How to peen the scythe (peening is cold forging the scythe to draw the metal into a sharper point - essentially hitting it with a hammer...)
We will be scything outdoors most of the day, and this will involved twisting and moving the back.
If you would like to buy a complete set of parts for an Austrian scythe from Chris on the day, please bring cash or a cheque book.

Comments from past participants;

Learnt loads.  Very clear instructions,  Super food.  Friendly hosts.  Bring cheque book or cash if you want to buy scything stuff.

Great location, excellent practical course.  Good mix of students, friendly and knowledgable hosts.  Food excellent.  Tony S.

Wonderful – will come again and hope to camp too next time!  Thank you so much – learnt lots and ate beautifully.  Mary G

Just what I wanted.  Excellent venue.  Beth very good teacher.

Never knew scything could be so much fun and attending the course would be such a gastronomic delight!!  Thank you

Altogether excellent.  Nicholas P.

Excellent!  Many thanks.

We could have done with more time.

Altogether excellent.  W. P.

Excellent!  Many thanks.

Just a quick note to thank you again for the scythe course. It was good fun and I learnt a lot. There was a really good atmosphere with the group and great hospitality from yourselves!  Roy C.




Chris Riley
Saturday, 12 May, 2018

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What to Bring

Strong boots

Work gloves

Sun hat

Waterproof clothing just in case

Any scythes you might have