Carymoor Environmental Trust

An Introduction to Scything

An Introduction to Scything

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn a traditional rural skill

Starts: 28th May 2019 to 29th May 2019

Join us for a free two-day scything course for an introduction to this traditional rural skill.

The course, which will be held on Tuesday 28th May and Wednesday 29th May from 10AM-4PM each day, will cover the following: 
• History of the scythe
• Comparison of English and continental scythes
• Description and parts of a scythe
• Principles of movement
• How to effectively hone the edge with a whetstone
• Adjustment of blade angles, according to mowing circumstances
• Different blades for different purposes
• Demonstration of peening (shaping the edge by hammering)
• Theory and practice of peening
• Maintenance and repair of blades
• Managing meadows, and other vegetation, with scythes
• Hay making by hand, using racks and hand hay baler

Throughout the training there are some important safety considerations, because of the razor sharp blades of course. Safe procedures are described for using the scythe, and for handling the blades on and off the snath (scythe handle). Cut resistant gloves are provided where appropriate.

Booking essential: e-mail neil.gemmell@carymoor.org.uk or phone 01963 351350 to find out more.

All participants must be aged 19 or over and a Somerset resident. This is a free course funded by SS&L.

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We're always on the look out for people with time to spare!

Whether that's the odd hour, a regular day or even a longer work experience placement, your time is very valuable to us. Our growing team of volunteers makes a vital contribution both at the centre and at events across the county.