Category Archives: peening & sharpening

Using the jig to peen a scythe


Photos and video from a Sunday afternoon peening. Continue reading

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Sharpening a scythe left handed

Mowing with an Austrian scythe
Scything for left handers.
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Learning to peen a scythe

peening scythes
Seven years of scything – time to hammer those blades! Continue reading

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Scythe Peening Day 2016


Spring is allegedly here so it’s time for the first event of the scythe calendar. Get your scythe out of the shed this weekend for International Peening Day 2016! Continue reading

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International Peening Day 2015

scythe peening with jig
Don’t forget to peen your scythe this weekend. Continue reading

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International Peening Day 2015


People all over the world will be peening on April 5th; make sure you don’t miss it! Continue reading

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Peening scythe repairs for lost tension

What do you do when the organiser of the UK’s biggest scythe event wants to make a bet over whether or not you can repair his favourite antique scythe blade? Why, hammer it of course! Continue reading

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Learn to peen a scythe workshop

scythe peening workshopI’ve just taught the second of two Learn to Peen workshops for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I’ve been teaching people how to mow with scythes in the park for a couple of years so it was thought that some specific peening courses would be useful to give some of those people confidence in peening which they could then pass on and spread through the networks we’re hoping to build here in the NW. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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How to sharpen a scythe left handed

Learning to scythe
On a recent day of individual scythe tuition, I took some photos of Jen demonstrating the best way to sharpen a scythe for left-handed mowers. Continue reading

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