Learn to Scythe first course for 2015

Learn to Scythe
The weather forecast steadily improved over the course of the week and yesterday my first Learn to Scythe group for the 2015 season had a great day at Sprint Mill in Cumbria. An interesting and lively group with a mix of projects for the scythe including orchards, cutting rushes, a community park project and volunteer work with Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Most people used and then bought one of my Complete scythe kits while Frances brought her own scythe which I helped her set up correctly and get back to sharp.

The young grass and buttercups in the paddock made a perfect training ground and I was really pleased to see everyone cutting so neatly and sharpening with confidence by the end of the afternoon.

The next course is at Brigflatts, near Sedbergh on 11th July and costs £80. Places are filling up, please email to book your place now.

Learn to Scythe Sharpening a scythe Learn to Scythe

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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 Learn to Scythe first course for 2015

  1. marmalade14 says:

    You learn a lot on the scything day and it is good fun. Steve explains the how and why of setting up the scythe so it makes the job easier for you. You get to have a go and Steve makes sure you are doing it correctly. At the end of the day you have the confidence to go out and get practicing.
    Scything is a lovely task when you know how to do it properly and a one day course like this is the ideal way to get started.

  2. Alison Parker says:

    My husband and I attended this course yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and feel that we are now equipped with the skills – and a new scythe – to mow our wild flower meadow and keep our verges neat and tidy in the summer. Steve has a relaxed style but provides all the detail and technical information you need – he was also happy to answer our many and varied questions! Sprint Mill is a beautiful place to learn too. I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to learn this timeless and rewarding skill.

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