Mowing for the first time

Mothersday in Austria – a weekend where I don’t need to do anything because the kids are doing the cooking, washing up and all. So what is better than to have all the time you want for what you enjoy to do in spring and summer – mowing with my scythes. I was excited that it is now the right time to start mowing the young grass. But first the difficult decision for me – what blades am I using this time. I decided on a short 65cm and my long 85cm blade with snaths made by Peter Vido. Happy and excited I went to mow and was surprised that just after a short while I had to pause and even sit down to catch my breath. What had happened – I had forgotten to get myself in contact with the soil, grass, snath, blade and my breath. Sitting there made me aware how important this is and I used the time to do so – never thought this could happen to me.

I mowed a smiley face but it is hard to see because the grass is not all the same hight and I couldn’t get myself in the right position to take a good photo. In a week or so I’ll mow the inside of it and I hope it will be more visible then 🙂

But mowing is not all there is to do. What to do with the grass if no farmer wants to have it and you yourself have no animals who could eat it? There’s only one possibility left – compost heap. I enjoy piling the grass into a neat heap, space enough for all the grass to come during the season. Fresh grass is HEAVY – it does not look like it and every time I’m surprised about it. But with help, it’s shared work 🙂


About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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4 Responses to Mowing for the first time

  1. John Barlow says:

    I would love to benefit from your knowledge and wisdom.
    I don’t, however, plan to pollute the planet to travel to Europe to attend one of your courses. It would be great if you could share your knowledge through a DVD or youtube-style video clip such that I can learn more and help to promote & teach scything in Australia.
    Do you have any such plans, or could someone help you put a video together ?
    I already have a copy of the Vido’s “Living Lightly” and the factory DVD on “Scything Techniques” – I am after more in depth insight (and admit I know no Yoga or Ta-Chi).

    • stevetomlin says:

      hi John,
      I completely agree with your thoughts on flying round the world to learn a ‘sustainable’ craft skill
      I can point you to some excellent resources on youtube, first from Kai Vido in Canada and then from Neil Dudman in Czech Republic, who has some great videos especially on peening.
      Christoff Schneider from Austria teaches mowing in New Zealand.
      hope this helps,

      • christianelechner says:

        hi Steve,
        thank you for answering. i couldn’t have said it any better. and thank you for adding the links.

  2. Neil Dudman says:

    Hi Neil Dudman here, I recently came across this, and was pleased to see any link to our youtube page… or website at or Just another piece of information if your in Australia and looking for help, we had last year a loverly couple visit us on their European tour, they attended one of our courses and are excellent students. Mike and Joyce at Joyce is practicing mowing herself and may be able to help.

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