Carymoor Environmental Trust

An Introduction to Scything

An Introduction to Scything

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn a traditional rural skill

Starts: 25th May 2021 to 26th May 2021

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


We will be running 2 x 1 day courses on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th May from 10am-4pm on each day. The courses will cover: 

• 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)

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.


No previous experience is required and learners can work at their own pace.


Booking essential: e-mail 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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