I often get emails and questions from people asking if the scythe can cope with cutting grass in what they think are difficult situations. The answer’s pretty much always ‘yes’ so I thought nothing of it when I was invited to teach a day of bespoke tuition for Mike and Rachel who said that the mowing on their smallholding was “challenging”.
On the day we were joined by their friend Clive and the four of us spent the morning setting up the scythes and mowing their meadow in the sunshine with fabulous views of Ribblehead Viaduct, Ingleborough and Whernside.
Then, in the afternoon, came the challenge; some rocks in the lower part of the meadow which they wanted to clear around to benefit the soil but so they could appreciate the rocks themselves. What fun! I showed them how the scythe can be used in confined spaces and methods to clear right up to the rocks without damaging the blade or rocks.