Traditional countryside skills, management & solutions


We are based in the Peak District and can offer:

SCYTHING Lessons and Instruction

If you are a beginner or improver I can offer you three choices from a 1/2 day Introduction,  a 2 day 'Get going, stay sharp' course and this year a 5 day 'beginners to advanced' course (see below).

2018 Dates: Call direct to book: 07725041946


7 April - Bilbrook Meadows, Codsall.

'Way of the Scythe' suitable for beginners as well as those who need brushing up on their scything skills.

2-6 July   RSPB Coombes Valley, Leek.

'Way of the Scythe' beginners through to advanced. In five days we will be cutting a meadow through to making hay.
(Covers all skills of scything including Peening and how to make/store hay)


I was taught to scythe in 1986 and have used this wonderful tool on my croft in the Hebrides to now being based in the Peak District and Midlands region as SABI coordinator. I also offer individual or group tuition throughout the country.

'Way of the Scythe' scything courses for 2018.


1/2 day Introduction:

Basic knowledge of scythe set up
What to use/when/where /when
Using the scythe safely and efficiently


2 day Get going and Staying sharp

All the 1 day plus
Even more practice and improving style
How to sharpen and introduction to ‘peening’ (cold forging your blade) and honing.

1 day Get going with your scythe
All the 1/2 day and
plenty of one-to-one tuition/ practice
What type of blade for which job
Understanding types of needs and requirements (are you an allotment user, small orchard owner, just need to weed whack or cut your lawn in an eco friendly way?).

Make your own peening pony and peening day
This day will get you going with peening skills as well as creating your own 'pony' to take away with you. Materials and tuition included. Jigs/Anvils available to buy on the day. (images below)

This is, like all my courses, practical so be prepared for outdoor activity! Study sensible footwear, waterproof coat and sun hat. I can provide all scythes and equipment needed. Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring a pack up lunch.

SCYTHE sales

We now sell Austrian Scythes and associated kit. All Snaths come pre oiled and if you collect you will received a free 1 hour 'set up and how to' lesson. Please contact us for prices.


I can come and scythe and clear your ground, mow your lawn/orchard/meadow/paths/woodland trails/towpath/amenity area. Scything is a safe, non polluting Eco and human friendly way of weed/grass management.

Rates are by arrangement.

Telephone 07725041946


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