Category Archives: Scything

Articles and Links about the use of the Austrian (continental) Scythe. Details about Scything courses

Scythe Association (Britain and Ireland), now with a WordPress Blog

Earlier this year, a small gathering of some of men and women interetsed in scything, decided to set up an Association. The new Scythe Association (Britain and Ireland), or SABI for short, had a further meeting at the West Country Scything festival, in June, and have now set up a website/blog.

Scything Association (Britain and Ireland) Blog


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Scything Courses 2011

Hi All

This year, instead of dedicating set days for running scything courses, I am going to teach people on an individual basis. The cost will stay at £50, but for this you get one to one tuition, rather than share my time with five other people. Not as lucrative for me, but a much nicer teaching and learning environment.

So if you want some individual training, including freehand peening, and blade repair, get in touch. Either through this blog, or call me on 01507 588543.

Looking forward to hearing from you.



Scything and Swarm Eight

Today I had arranged to do some scything tuition, but had told Andy that I may have to pause to house a swarm. He picked up the peening pretty quickly, which was good, but by late  morning the sound of bees just kept getting louder. So I suited up, as did he, and we walked around the field looking for a swarm. There wasn’t one, but with thirteen colonies and a strong nectar flow, everywhere that you went sounded like a swarm.

I was pretty sure that at least one colony would go, so I did the rest of the session in my bee suit, and checked regularly. Again, no swarm. So we finished up, and I gave hime some lunch, and then, as he was interested in permaculture and Forest Gardening, I showed him around. On the way back down the hill, I saw some scout bees checking out the empty hive left strategically ready to use in the other field, and pointed them out, only to see more bees checking around the hive. No sooner had I said that there must be a swarm out, than I spotted a dark shadow on the far side of an apple tree, and had to say my goodbyes, and deal with the swarm. As I went back up the field, it was obvious that this was a big swarm, so I went and got my camera for a few pictures.

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Scything at The Sustainable Smallholding

Hi All

I have another Blog dedicated to scything, The Grinning Reaper, which I started in order to avoid including any of  my money making activities in this blog.


I know that we all need to earn money, but I didn’t want it to get in the way of this blog, which is designed to inform. As a quick check of my posting history will reveal, I always have less time to post in the Summer, which has meant that neither of these blogs is getting enough content, with the Scything blog suffering the most.

Therefore I have decided to put all of my future scything stuff here, including course details, and dates. Hopefully this will make it all easier to keep up with.  It also makes a lot of sense. Over the last fortnight, have been using my scythe in my  preparations for  planting trees in my new Forest Garden, and it seems silly to try and separate the scything from the tree planting.

I hope that people who now find this blog through searches related to scything, gain from the other stuff on here, and that everybody else gains from additional scything content.

All of the best


Tree Planting day Tomorrow

Hi All

Tomorrow is a big day, as with a bit of luck, I’ll be finishing off the bulk of this season’s tree planting, with a bit of help. I have 500 Italian Alder, 100 Hazel, and 50 Cornelian Cherry to plant.

Whilst it would have taken me about two weeks to get this amount of trees in, I asked for help, and it looks like I’ve got about a dozen people, some of whom I’ve never met, coming to give me a hand. This batch of trees will finish the framework of my firewood/bee forage planting, and I will be adding the overstorey trees next Autumn, once these have established, and prepared the way. There will still be some trees to plant, but these are all seed grown trees, that I’ve grown myself, and they can go out a bit later.

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