Category Archives: wooden rakes

Romanian rake maker video

A lovely video of Viktor-basci at work making wooden hay rakes in Gyimes, Transylvania. Continue reading

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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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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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Rake making at Heavy Horse Festival

This Sunday I’ll be making hay rakes at the Festival of the Heavy Horse in Northumberland. Continue reading

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Mowing in Manchester

A man mowing wheat and a wooden hay rake in the middle of the city, is this urban food production for the north? Continue reading

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How to make a wooden hay rake

wooden hay rakesWith the all the people wanting to learn to scythe and their increasing use for managing wildflower meadows or making hay, there’s a need for good quality wooden hay rakes for collecting and turning the grass. Last weekend I taught a group of students to make their own. Continue reading

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Rakes at Elvaston Castle

It’s a rake making month as I’m just back from a great weekend demonstrating at Elvaston Woodland Festival. I get to camp in some brilliant places during these events and Saturday was a beautiful morning so I got up early … Continue reading

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Rake making at Beamish

I’m back in the modern world after a weekend spent at Beamish museum making wooden rakes as part of their 1913 Show of Agriculture. My rakes are traditionally made using cleft timber and hand tools as working implements so I … Continue reading

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Old tools

This weekend I’ll be demonstrating making wooden rakes at Beamish museum’s Show of Agriculture which recreates an agricultural show from 1913.  I’ve been measured for a period costume and working through my tools, sorting out which will be suitable for … Continue reading

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Keeping busy through the summer

June went by in a flash and I realised I hadn’t written anything here all month. It’s mowing season so a lot of my time at the moment is taken up with scythes – find out about it on Scytherspace, … Continue reading

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