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The Scythe Book

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In the last few years, interest in the scythe has grown remarkably; and so have the sales of The Scythe Book. Now Peter Vido, who has written two outstanding articles for Small Farmer's Journal on the use of the scythe, has contributed an addendum for this book on the practical use of the scythe based on his own extensive research and experience.
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Overview

In the last few years, interest in the scythe has grown remarkably; and so have the sales of The Scythe Book. Now Peter Vido, who has written two outstanding articles for Small Farmer's Journal on the use of the scythe, has contributed an addendum for this book on the practical use of the scythe based on his own extensive research and experience.
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Editorial Reviews

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The original text by Dave Tresemer has not been re-edited. It is still a good introduction to this wonderful tool. The meat of the new edition is the addendum by Peter Vido. Peter is extraordinarily dedicated to the scythe as both a practical tool and as a model of wisely applied human engineering. Peter shows us how complex and subtle this simple tool can be. The depth of his knowledge may overwhelm the uninitiated on first reading, but as your experience grows with this tool, Peter's commentary becomes increasingly valuable. There is a lot of important information packed into this addendum and any scythe enthusiast will learn much from this master.

The European scythe accomplishes more than the mundane job of cutting grass. It offers us an opportunity to step away from the craziness of American lawn culture. It gives us the space in which to breathe, listen and explore our own rhythms without burning gasoline. This book is the place to begin."


from Maine
Scott Nearing
The whole book is intriguing, especially the descriptive chapters on the enjoyment of scything. I started scything in my teens, and have cut grass and hay with the same swing for more than eighty years. It is first-class, fresh-air exercise, that stirs the blood and flexes the muscles, while it clears the meadows.
Tom Manwell
…armed with book and scythe, I approached my grass. I can report that I laid waste to a quarter-acre of weeds, including occasional poplar and sumac shoots up to a half-inch in diameter. I felt good after performing this chore. Last year I did the same job in twice the time with a "weed eater" made by a chain saw manufacturer. It vibrated. I vibrated. Though I wore antinoise earmuffs, I got a headache. David Tresemer has converted me to scything.--Horticulture Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911469196
  • Publisher: Hood, Alan C. Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 702,803
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Parts of the Scythe 5
The Blade 5
Blade Cover 11
Snath 12

Sharpening 19
Peening 20
Whetting 24

Mowing Technique 30
A Helpful Exercise 30
With the Scythe 32
Small Advances 38
Reading the Grass 40
The Use of the Body 42
Reconsidering the Twisting Exercise 48

Mowing Hay 49
Making the Hay 52
Tools for Making Hay 56
Mowing in Teams 59
Haytime Drinks 62

Clean Culture 64
Weeds 64
Pasture 65
Lawn 66

Harvesting Small Grains 69
The Scythe and Its Predecessors 70
Cradle Scythes 74
Cutting Grain with Old and New Tools 79
Sowing, Reaping, Threshing, Winnowing 82
Bringing the harvest Home 95

Notes 105

Bibliography 113


The Scythe Must Dance
An Addendum on the Practical
Use of the Scythe by Peter Vido 119

Introduction 121
I. Clarification of Terms 124
II. Fitting the Snath to the Mower 127
III. How Tough is a Scythe Blade? 131
IV. Blade Selection 133
V. Sharpening Principals 136
VI. The Practice of Shaping the Edge 142
VII. Honing in the Field 151
VIII. Repairing the Damaged Edge 156
IX. Principles of Movement 162
X. The Blade-Fitting Challenge 170
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