Author Archives: Steve Tomlin

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.

Remembering Uncle Viktor

I received some sad news from Transylvania this week that Victor-basci (Uncle Viktor), the rake and scythe snath maker for the area around Gyimes, has died. I visited the area in 2011 to take part in a Haymaking Festival organised … Continue reading

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Scythe courses in Caithness, Scotland

A trip to the end of mainland Britain, scything for rare bees. Continue reading

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Scythe apprentice

I have an apprentice now, so today I took her to the bank. Continue reading

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A weekend of scything

This weekend at Sprint Mill, the goats were the stars of the show.
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Making wooden hay rakes video – North West England

Were these men really so relieved to have their hand work replaced by being machine operators? I’m glad to still be hand making hay rakes in the NW. Continue reading

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Harvest scythe team & ancient wheats

John Letts on Countryfile
More scythes on tv with a programme about ancient wheats with the crop being harvested by hand. Watch it now on iPlayer. Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe book feedback

My ‘Learn to Scythe’ book is a getting great reviews, whether you’re learning to use a scythe on your own or as a reference manual following a course. Continue reading

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More than spoons at Spoonfest 2015

I’m just back from an extended trip to Spoonfest 2015. There are photos all over the web of the great carving that took place so here are some of my non-spoon highlights. Continue reading

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Are you strong enough to learn to scythe?

If even Poldark was getting out of breath are you fit enough to scythe? Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe for Wildlife Trust


Another course at the beautiful Bell Sykes meadow for the Wildlife Trust. Continue reading

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