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.

Peening scythe repairs for lost tension

What do you do when the organiser of the UK’s biggest scythe event wants to make a bet over whether or not you can repair his favourite antique scythe blade? Why, hammer it of course! Continue reading

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Learn to peen a scythe workshop

scythe peening workshopI’ve just taught the second of two Learn to Peen workshops for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I’ve been teaching people how to mow with scythes in the park for a couple of years so it was thought that some specific peening courses would be useful to give some of those people confidence in peening which they could then pass on and spread through the networks we’re hoping to build here in the NW. Continue reading

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In The Flow at Sprint Mill

Originally posted on Simon Sylvester:
A few months ago, I was asked by my friends in the Sprintmilling art collective to run a spoken word evening as part of their exhibition for the excellent C-Art open studio trail. My first instinct was…

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C-Art Sprint Mill Exhibition

C-Art at Sprint Mill Following the success of last year, I am once again exhibiting during C-Art in Cumbria as part of the Sprint Mill collective open every day 13-28 Sept 11:00-16:30. The photos give you a taste of what’s on offer but the Mill and the work within needs to be seen in person. Continue reading

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Scythe vs Strimmer video

Scythe vs strimmer raceA film of a race between a scythe and a strimmer; no competition, surely? Continue reading

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A very special plane

Stanley ClarkWhile we were ladder making with Stanley Clark the other week, he recommended one particular wooden jack plane for me to use while smoothing the poles. It turned out to be a very special plane indeed. Continue reading

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Ladder making workshop

Wooden ladder makingThe Heritage Crafts Association have opened bookings for the ladder making workshop which I will be leading along with Robin Wood after our two-day ‘apprenticeship’ with Stanley Clark. Continue reading

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Making wooden ladders

Wooden builders ladder made by Stanley ClarkThis month I was invited by the Heritage Crafts Association to take part in their efforts to preserve the craft of making wooden ladders. I travelled down to Northampton with fellow greenwood worker and HCA chair Robin Wood to learn to the craft of making ladders from Stanley Clark who made ladders until the trade ceased in the 1960s. Continue reading

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‘Tai-chi’ mowing with the scythe

A short video demonstrating the difference between mowing using your whole body to power the scythe. No frogs were harmed in the making of this film. Continue reading

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Paper flowers at Spoonfest 2014

Anja SundbergPrior to Spoonfest I was lucky enough to be part of an unofficial craft workshop with Anja Sundberg from Sweden. Continue reading

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