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at the West Country Scythe Fair, at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset and in Brighton.

Next course with Simon Fairlie

At Monkton Wyld Court 23-24 May. Scroll down for details.

Scythe Masterclass at the Scythe Fair, 11-13 June

As usual we will be holding a Scythe Masterclass for teachers, team leaders and experienced scythe users on 11-13 June at Muchelney, Langport, Somerset. Tutors include Christiane Laganda (formerly Lechner) from Austria, Phil Batten and Steve Tomlin. This course is designed to perfect your mowing, sharpening and peening abilities and also explains how to manage a team and teach mowing to other people. Learning how to teach other people is a good way to focus on your own performance.

Day 1Thursday: Introduction , historical overview, setting up the snath and blade, sharpening and maintenance, basic mowing, health and safety.
Day 2 Friday: better mowing stance; advanced peening; organizing events, insurance, risk assessments, teaching skills, managing volunteers etc
Day 3 Saturday Morning: Teaching novices (real life practice); Afternoon: workshops on peening, grassland management, haymaking, English scythes etc.
Sunday: Scythe Fair and Competition

Cost £165 For more information on both the above, or to book, please email scythes@myphone.coop
There are limited places on this course and several places have already been booked.
For more information on the Scythe Fair see http://www.greenfair.org.uk/ and http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/festival.html

Beginner's and Improver's Course at the Scythe Fair 13 June

A day long course for beginners and improvers. It includes set up, maintenance, sharpening, safety and and mowing in the morning, and a number of workshops in the afternoon, including peening, haymaking, grassland management and English scythe use.

For more information on both the above, or to book, please email scythes@myphone.coop

For more information on the Scythe Fair see http://www.greenfair.org.uk/ and http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/festival.html

Two-day Scythe Courses in Dorset

Including a session on grassland management and haymaking

At Monkton Wyld Court, near Lyme Regis, Dorset. Next course 23-24 May.

I run scythe courses at Monkton Wyld Court, on the Dorset/Devon border, four miles from Axminster, half a mile from the A35.

Residential Courses for 2015
Fri evening to Sunday :
22-24 May
10-12 July
4-6 September

For more information about the content of the courses, scroll down
To book please go to

On two day courses there is an option of attending on only Friday evening and Saturday if you are a beginner, and
only on Sunday if you are an improver who has already done a beginner's course. Friday evening attendance is advised but not essential.

Beginners often imagine that a two day course is a bit excessive, just to learn how to use a garden tool; and that is true if all you want to do is knock down weeds. But anyone who wants to mow grass on any scale will benefit from a two day course, and people who do the course come away saying "I don't know how you could cram all that into one day". Two days gives you enough time to practice different peening methods; I also spend a couple of hours on grass management, and demonstrate how to make and stack a hay rack, which enables you to make hay even in changeable weather.

Friday Evening:
• welcome and brief history and sociology of the scythe
• selecting the right blade and snath for the job (or making best use of what you've got):
• setting up a scythe and snath;
• health and safety

• sharpening;
• basic mowing technique;
• how to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;
• basic peening demonstration.

• early morning mowing
• managing grass with scything in mind;
• smallscale haymaking techniques
• peening practice with jig and bar peen anvil

Ring 01297 561359 or e-mail scythes@myphone.coop for more details; to book , phone 01297 560342 or see Monkton Wyld's site http://www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk/


I also take vounteers during the haymaking season. Late May until early August for a period of about ten days. No previous scything experience necessary, you will be given instruction — but you need to be competent with hand tools, fit, dynamic and willing to work unusual hours. You will be fed, lodged and given a complete scythe set. For more information please email me giving previous work experience at scythes@myphone.coop

Two Day Scythe Courses in Brighton
Next course August 2015

Tutors: Simon Fairlie and Stefan Gehrels

Day 1: 10am - 5pm
Day 2: 9.30am - 3.30pm (with an optional 7am start)
Cost: £80-£200 (depending on income)
Venue: Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9PZ
Full deatils and booking information onthis website: http://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk/


Other Courses

There are several other scythe teachers based all around the country. You can find out their details at http://scytheassociation.org/courses/

E-Mail List

I send out The Scythe Association's newsletter, The Windrow, which lists scything events, courses and developments in the UK. It comes out about three times per year, and there are now about ten people throughout the country offering scythe courses. To get on the list to receive an emailed pdf of The Windrow, please e-mail scythes@myphone.coop, entitling your e-mail "Scythe Mailing List".





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