2013 scythe courses filling up

learn to scytheMy Learn to Scythe course in May is now full with places booking up on the June and September dates too. I’ve been getting steady interest since before Christmas and it’s a great indication that the interest in scything is picking up as people get away from powered garden machinery and use the scythe instead.  It’s also encouraging that so many people recognise that mowing is a skill that’s worth investing time in to learn.

learning to sharpen a scytheI have two more Learn to Scythe courses in Cumbria on 28 June and 7 Sept 2013.
During the day you’ll learn to set up the scythe so that it fits your body and mowing style, a little of the background to the Austrian scythe but, most importantly and quite unique among scythe courses, we’ll spend the majority of the day out in the meadow cutting. This means you get the most time to practise the cutting motion and I can watch you as you mow. Each student gets individual attention, making further adjustments to your set up and correcting your technique so you go home with a firm understanding of the ‘tai-chi’ style of relaxed and efficient mowing. We will sharpen together in the field using methods which make that process safe, easy to learn and successful as well as covering peening the blade using the jig. Although generally attended by beginners, this makes a brilliant scythe refresher course or for those with experience and looking to improve.

I also offer individual tuition and can be booked to teach a group on your own land, for more info on my Scythe courses, including specific workshops on peening visit the Scythe Courses page. To book or discuss your requirement, send me an email.

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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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