A Welsh Whetstone Holiday in Snowdonia

There is something particularly satisfying about the feel and action of a good natural stone which a coarse synthetic cannot match. Simon Fairlies’ article in Windrow 9 (Feb 2015) highlighted the endangered status of quality natural whetstones, particularly two favourite stones the Bregenzer and Rozsutec.  I also enjoyed reading the reports by Dutchman Henk Bos Read more about A Welsh Whetstone Holiday in Snowdonia[…]

Spring Peening and Restoration

Spring is a time to bring scythe blades out of hibernation.  Time to check that the oil we coated the steel with when we put them into storage in the Autumn is still protecting them (of course we all did this).  Time to re-clean our blades and check for any damage that needs repairing and peen to restore Read more about Spring Peening and Restoration[…]

International Scythe Peening Day April 2014

Clean before you peen! This annual spring Peening day is a prompt for SABI members to renew their relationship with their scythes and mowing.  Peening is a mysterious and elusive art, and can lead to some fairly obsessive and compulsive behaviour! To celebrate this and promote peening day I have put together a 53 second promotional video. Read more about International Scythe Peening Day April 2014[…]

One-to-One Scythe Tuition at Somerset Scythe Festival

Christiane Lechner and Steve Tomlin will be running a small number of one-to-one workshops in mowing and peening at this year’s Somerset Scythe Festival on 16-17 June 2012 at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney. You can learn to improve your scything with individual attention and detailed tuition or and learn to peen the blade under expert supervision. Read more about One-to-One Scythe Tuition at Somerset Scythe Festival[…]

Safer sharpening

The modern scythe is a very safe tool to use – when you’re mowing with it. With a grip in each hand, it’s difficult to bring the blade anywhere near yourself, though easy enough to nip someone else’s heels. In addition, it’s light weight and manoeuvrability make it ideal for use in tricky corners or Read more about Safer sharpening[…]

On the quest for perfect peening

At this summers scything events a challenge was issued (by Simon Fairlie) to find the best peening and sharpening champion for all Britain (& Ireland!).  In the event the challenge was not answered: the key masters and teachers of the mysterious art of peening (they know who they are!) dissolved away into the damp mists Read more about On the quest for perfect peening[…]