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

Assistant haymaker and general worker required for our small farm in West Dorset, from 15 May to 15 August.

No previous scything experience necessary, you will be given instruction — but you need to be competent with hand tools, fit, dynamic, able to manage volunteers, and willing to work unusual hours. Bad weather work includes dairy cow management, cheese-making, scythe packing and general farm work. You will be fed, lodged, given a complete scythe set, and receive wages by arrangement. For more information please email me giving previous work experience at chapter7@tlio.org.uk

Scythe Courses 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.

Also on 13 June there will be a day long course at the same site for beginners and improvers.

For more information on both the above, please email chapter7@tlio.org.uk

Scythe Courses in Dorset

At Monkton Wyld Court, near Lyme Regis, Dorset




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

(The photos, above and below, are from a course held in September 2014).

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.


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/

Here are more details about Simon's courses:

Two Day Course: Scything and Haymaking

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 more time 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:
• 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

Beginners may opt to come only on Friday evening and Saturday. Improvers who have done a beginner's course with me or someone else can opt to come only on the Sunday.

Ring 01297 561359 or e-mail chapter7@tlio.org.uk for more details; or see Monkton Wyld's site http://www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk/

Beginners' One Day Courses

To book please go to http://www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk/.

These are day-long training courses for beginners. Currently they comprise the first day of my two day courses

The courses cover:
• 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;
• peening with a jig, and introduction to freehand peening with hammer and anvil;
• sharpening;
• mowing technique;
• how to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;

If you live some way away, there are other teachers around the country; see http://scytheassociation.org/courses/

Ring 01297 561359 or e-mail chapter7@tlio.org.uk for more details.


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 chapter7@tlio.org.uk, entitling your e-mail "Scythe Mailing List".





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