tis the season to be scything !

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tis the season to be scything !

Post: #259941 demi
Mon May 07, 2012 4:55 am

in relation to the article i was just wondering how many of us here use a scythe?

we do here in Macedonia, its very common practice here. it was the first time id ever seen it done. our grass in the garden always grows like a jungle and my father-in-law came round with the scythe and started cutting it. i was facinated. i didnt think ancient tools like that were actually still used! but Macedonia is a bit like stepping back in time, lots of people use donkeys/mules to pull carts and plow their land, and scythes too!
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Post: #259945 Rosendula
Mon May 07, 2012 6:28 am

I have a scythe. I also have long grass. In other words, no I don't use a scythe :lol:
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Post: #259952 frozenthunderbolt
Mon May 07, 2012 7:51 am

I have an austrian pattern one - i'm learning to use it - think i need to peen it a bit to get the blade sharper than it is to get really efficient with it yet though
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Post: #259963 oldjerry
Mon May 07, 2012 9:14 am

Using a scythe isn't as difficult as it first looks.When my new knees are installed,I shall go back to using one.(though prospective new garden isn't really big enough).Though I still use the strimmer with a blade,for speed,you can do quite a reasonable area,and you can hear the birds,and avoid the odd nest.I've seen the Austrian thing,it looks good,but there's something really life enhancing about using a real scythe (only mattocks and billhooks do the same for me).
Only 2 rules, dry stone in pocket at all times, it doesn't cut like a knife through butter,it isn't sharp enough.Second,keep your arms rigid (even if they are bent,as mine are) and swing your body,not your shoulders.
It's just a technique,you soon pick it up,bit like riding a bike......oh yeah and watch out for cattle etc..

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Post: #259966 demi
Mon May 07, 2012 9:57 am

we've got a mattock too! my husband was given it for his brithday when we were in scotland and we brought it back to macedonia. when they searched our bags at the macedonian airport we were getting lots of suspicious looks as we explained what it was! :lol:
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Post: #259983 The Riff-Raff Element
Mon May 07, 2012 1:22 pm

I've got a scythe. It's quite a modern one - aluminium handle, which makes it light and very easy to use. I find all sorts to do with it.

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Post: #260053 grahamhobbs
Tue May 08, 2012 9:10 am

I've got a scythe, an old traditional heavy curved timber type, but it is way to big to use on my allotment paths.

I agree with the remarks about learning to use it properly and to sharpening it first. Look back to a previous thread, there is a very good video link that shows the correct way to use the scythe. You can also find links on Utube to sharpening the scythe.

I remember finding a tool in France that I couldn't for the life of me work out what it was for. It was about 9" long, had a spike at one end and at the other small rectangle on edge, with the top edge slightly rounded off. There were a couple of metal curls either side under this rectangular bit. It took about 10 years to find out what it was, it's a small portable anvil that you peen a scythe blade against. Sharpening with a stone is not really sufficient, you need to peen the blade first.

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Post: #261135 Scythe of relief
Wed May 23, 2012 2:52 pm

I have developed a bit of an obsession for scything - especially at this time of year. Its not only efficient but enjoyable (in my opinion). So much so that (rather sadly) I have started a Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/Scything
Do visit and 'like' and add your experiences.....

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Post: #261136 gregorach
Wed May 23, 2012 3:06 pm

How did I miss this the first time around? Yes, I have a lovely modern lightweight Austrian scythe with a couple of fairly short blades for keeping the grass in check around the allotment. I'm a big fan. I've never liked strimmers - nasty, noisy things with a propensity for breaking down... With a scythe, it's all just a question of skill and patience. It's almost a shame that I don't have enough grass to really get into proper mowing with it...

I would never sharpen my scythe with a dry stone though.
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