The scythe is an effective and versatile tool to use in the garden. Whilst known for cutting grass, it will also cut through brambles, rushes, weeds and small scrub. Scything is enjoyable and low impact which means that it is open to all age ranges.
There are four elements to scything; honing, peening, technique and relationship. They are equally important so that scything is as easeful and efficient as it can be.
• Honing is the sharpening of the blade
• Peening is the shaping of the blade
• Technique is how you scythe
• Relationship is what develops between you and then meadow.
These four elements will be covered on the course.
You will also learn :
• To set up the scythe to fit your body
• To scythe efficiently and effectively
• Maintaining and keeping your blade sharp
• Managing and establishing wildflower areas
Courses are run in Devon amongst the beautiful rolling hills near the village of Landscove in the South Hams. There are a max of 6 people on each course, to offer a maximum learning experience.
I can also run a scythe course on your land. If you have a group of friends or are part of a community group then this is a great way of learning and getting your grass cut. They are cost effective and tailored to your site.
Available for up to 6 participants. Cost: £300.
One to one booking
I also offer one to one tuition. This works well as you can choose the date that works for you. It also gives the opportunity to go more in depth on all the elements that make up scything
– A one to one costs £150
– A one to two costs £250
You will need a scythe and peening equipment to participate. If you don’t have one then you can purchase a scythe kit or rent one for the day.
If you’re interested in booking a scything course for yourself or your group, please contact me using the form below:
“Ross has our garden from an abandoned over grown patch of earth, to a naturally managed peaceful Eden for us to enjoy. We respect his approach to the land, how he works with it, to encourage local plants to thrive and always taking into consideration the wildlife and the seasons. Using his hands instead of machines gives the whole space a much softer appearance that feels loved rather than manicured.“
Ross has been working with us for about six months now and has already had a big impact on our unruly garden! Our small orchard is now full of new local trees and the grass beneath them, having been scythed by Ross in the autumn, has come out of the winter in the best condition ever, plus the trees have been protected from close growth by the cuttings laid around them.
Ross has been working with the 4 acres here over the last 18 months. He has supported me in moving from a place of overwhelm into a place of delight and engagement. He has a great ability to listen – not only to the land and what is wanting to unfold; but also to himself and his own inherent ability to be in dialogue. i have felt hugely supported not only by his integrity and his ability to put in a good days work but also his willingness to walk calmly alongside me in a process.
Buying a Scythe Kit
I have put together everything that you need to get you scything. I have selected the best equipment for you from my years of scything and teaching.
As Part of a kit you get:
– 60cm Raiserschnitt blade
– Adjustable wooden snath
– Clamp, allan key, spanner and wedge
– 2 Whetstones coarse and fine grit
– Metal stone sheath for sharpening in the field
– Fux Delux peening jig
A scythe set costs £185.00
If you pay for your scythe kit before the course then you will be able to leave with the scythe you have been using for the day, set up for you and ready to go. However, I appreciate that some people would like to try before they buy. So you can rent a scythe for the day and then purchase a kit at the end of the day.
On courses I will also have for sale:
– Peening pony
– Learn to scythe book by Steve Tomlin