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.
2-6 July RSPB Coombes Valley, Leek.
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?).
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.
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.