Author Archives: Steve Tomlin

About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe teacher. I carve spoons and bowls, make chairs and more from locally sourced greenwood. Alongside that I teach folk how to mow with a scythe.

Scything rocks!

Scything YorkshireI often get emails and questions from people asking if the scythe can cope with cutting grass in what they think are difficult situations. The answer’s pretty much always ‘yes’ so I thought nothing of it when I was invited to teach a day of bespoke tuition for Mike and Rachel who said that the mowing on their smallholding was “challenging”.
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Scything for bad backs

Some great feedback from Jen, who I taught how to scythe a couple of weeks ago and who suffers with scoliosis in her back. Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe course 7th Sept 2014

Learn to scytheMy Learn to Scythe courses this year have been incredibly popular and booked up long in advance so, to try and accomodate the demand, I have organised an additional course on

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Scythe competition peening

On the Continent it’s standard practise for an expert to peen the blades for competitors in scythe competitions but when George Montague won the 2013 British Scythe Championship with a blade I had peened for him it caused quite a stir. Continue reading

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#239 Birch serving spoon

Elegant and practical, this spoon is designed for cooking as well as serving. Carved from a crooked timber the shape makes best use of the trees natural form and strength. The slim handle has a hook to keep the handle … Continue reading

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Somerset Scythe Festival 2014 champions

scythe competition final 2014
The competition at this years Scythe Festival was as hot as the weather and included a result that could changing our view of Continental and English scythes forever. Continue reading

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How to sharpen a scythe left handed

Learning to scythe
On a recent day of individual scythe tuition, I took some photos of Jen demonstrating the best way to sharpen a scythe for left-handed mowers. Continue reading

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Scythe Festival on R4 Farming Today

The scythe is becoming more and more mainstream which is great news. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted to discuss the Scythe Revival with a producer for Radio 4 who then sent one of their team to the … Continue reading

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#238 Birch serving spoon

A distinctive and classically proportioned serving spoon.The bowl is particularly well-cranked to allow serving from a deep bowl or pan while the hook keeps the handle safely up out of your food. 310mm long x 70mm wide £58   Visit … Continue reading

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Blue scythe

I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I went to the Highland Folk Museum in Scotland and saw the scythes in their collection. Continue reading

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