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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."
Posted March 15, 2001
Mr. Tressemer captures the soul, art, and history of the scythe. If you own a scythe, are considering owning a scythe, or appreciate old world farming methods, then you must own this book. There is no other book like it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.