Scythe competition peening

On the Continent it’s standard practise for an expert to peen the blades for competitors in scythe competitions but when George Montague won the 2013 British Scythe Championship with a blade I had peened for him it caused quite a stir.

Stuart Aylett, scythe champThis year I was again asked to peen for George and the practise was formally recognised by our governing body (ie Simon Fairlie) who not only acknowledged it’s acceptance at this years Scythe Festival but awarded Stuart Aylett with a medal 10 years after he was wrongly disqualified from the first scythe competition after it was discovered that Peter Vido had peened his blade for him.
Stuart deserves a medal anyway for all the hard work he and his team put into building the Scythe Festival site each year so it’s great to see him getting some glory for his mowing too.

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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 Scythe competition peening

  1. Damien says:

    Competition often kills craft, being a champion is just 60 seconds of muscles now.

    • Steve Tomlin says:

      Sport and work have always gone hand-in-hand and the competition is a way to capture the publics attention in relation to the scythe. Competitors are judged on quality as well as speed so it’s not simply the fastest person who wins.

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