1st International Peening Day

Edward Acland peening, UKIn years to come thousands will claim to have been there but in truth a select bunch of six scythe folk turned up to Sprint Mill in Cumbria for International Peening Day. Huge numbers was never my objective and our group spent a really enjoyable and productive day together. Though it wasn’t a true teaching event I was of course happy to answer questions and help everyone out with their blades.  There’s a lot to learn in peening; it’s a real skill which takes time, practice and timely advice to learn. It’s great to see people who’ve been on my ‘Learn to mow’ courses and are still mowing and I want them to continue enjoying it.

push mowersDuring the day we also took some time out to try a variety of push mowers, including a new Al-Ko 380HM Soft Touch Lawn Mower which Rochford Garden Machinery have kindly supplied for me to test over the year as a complementary tool to the scythe.

Around Europe people were peening their scythes including the UK’s Scythe Association chairman, Richard Brown who managed to peen his blade while waiting to go sailing, Michael (Stibs) Stibane in Germany and Christiane Lechner in Austria who practised peening with an original ‘Triplex’ machine. I was especially pleased to hear from Adolf Staufer, one of my peening tutors, who sent a photo from Austria of himself peening among the early cowslips.

Michael Stibane peening, Germany Richard Brown peening, UK Chris Riley peening, UK Christiane peening with Triplex machine, Austria Adolf Staufer peening, Austria Peter Carmichael peening by machine, UK

Chris Riley of Wiltshire, UK wrote:

Hi Steve
Thank you so much for the incentive to get peening today. My mainstay grass and ditch blades are now ready for action.

While Peter Vido, of Scythe Connection in Canada wrote:

I applaud your instigation of the ‘Global Day of Peening’ and in solidarity, I’ll spend most of April 1 peening scythe blades. I presently have well upwards of 100 blades to ready so it will be a righteous excuse to ‘keep the hammer at the anvil’.

See you there next year!

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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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8 Responses to 1st International Peening Day

  1. christopherjamesriley says:

    Nice one Steve!

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  3. Hi Steve,

    thanks for organising this, a good effort. Late to the party as usual, I did just manage to swing a hammer and cut (some blades of grass on) the lawn before the end of the day. Don’t know why it’s so hard to get around to it as it’s something I really enjoy. Apathy? Lethargy?

    Nice push mowers. I totally agree with you on the combination and we have an old Webb Whippet for ours.

    cheers

    Mark

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  6. John McLaughlin says:

    was peening ever used for other types of blades in history It is very interesting to run across this technique here in America but it looks like it just evolved from the techniques of a blacksmith
    My father was from the Old Country but he only used a stone with the scythe here and back in the 20’s to 40’s the county road maint men here only used stones to sharpen their scythes

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