A comprehensive and practical guide to working with an Austrian scythe.
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Category Archives: wooden rakes
I’ve been making wooden hay rakes for several years now. To make the rake teeth, called ‘tines’, a cleft ash billet is knocked through a sharpened steel tube called a tine cutter. As the wood is split from a larger … Continue reading
A lovely video of Viktor-basci at work making wooden hay rakes in Gyimes, Transylvania. Continue reading
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
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
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
With 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
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
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