Where do you peen?

When I was living out in the sticks of North Devon, peening my scythe was never a problem. The nearest neighbours lived over a mile away and I could hammer away to my heart’s content. Now I live in a terraced house on the edge of town and I’ve got to be a bit more aware of how much everyone else will want to hear the repetitive sound of hammer on steel.

During the summer, Christiane and I were looking for a way for us both to peen together; partly just because we enjoy working together and also so we could work more quickly through the pile of blades we were preparing for a course.

After a bit of thought, we took a walk through the woods behind where I live, found a fallen tree and fitted the peening anvils into the trunk. Very solid and stable, the tree made a perfect base for peening and it was a lovely setting to be in among the woods with the light coming through the leaves. A few dog walkers came over to investigate so we also got a chance to spread the word about the scythe renaissance as well.

Peening in the woods

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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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2 Responses to Where do you peen?

  1. Andrea Rayner says:

    Why don’t you stick a CD of ‘Das Rheingold’ on and hammer along with the Nibelungen? That would make it a bit more of a Gesamtkunstwerk for the neighbours!

    • stevetomlin says:

      Thanks for the tip, Andrea I prefer Steve Reich for peening. Lots of different rhythms that way.

      from Wikipedia: Gesamtkunstwerk- total work of art, ideal work of art, universal artwork, synthesis of the arts, comprehensive artwork, all-embracing art form, or total artwork.

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