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at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset, and in Brighton.


Two-day Scythe Courses in Dorset

Including a session on grassland management and haymaking

At Monkton Wyld Court, near Lyme Regis, Dorset. Next course May 19-21 2017

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 2017
Fri evening to Sunday :

19-21 May 2017
14-16 July
For more information about the content of the courses, scroll down
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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

To book or for more information ring e-mail scythes@myphone.coop or ring 01297 561359.

For information about Monkton Wyld Court 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 2017 (date to be arranged)

Tutors: Simon Fairlie and Stefan Gehrels

Day 1: 10am - 5pm
Day 2: 9.30am - 3.30pm (with an optional 7am start)
Cost: £80-£200 approx (depending on income)
Venue: Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9PZ
Full details and booking information on this 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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