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SABI Winter Meeting and How Scythes Travel By Bike

Phil’s bike, loaded with scythe equipment, in Norfolk Square, London Phil went to the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI) winter meeting at the end of January, hosted by John Letts in Oxfordshire. With a mix of business and … Continue reading

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Harvesting Bracken

Bracken Mowing – cut bracken to the left, uncut to the right I have been using our trimming scythe to harvest bracken in one of the fields at the Trust. Mature bracken stalks are pretty tough, so I used a … Continue reading

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More Hay Making with Racks

Right- windrows mown in the morning, Centre- Phil spreading hay mown the day before, Left-Hay racks Since our last Introductory Scythe Course on 18th August we have been hay making again, although in a different fashion to earlier in the … Continue reading

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Peening and Sharpening Workshop

Tink, tink, tink…… Five people joined us today for our Peening and Sharpening Workshop. In the morning, Phil went through the principles of jig and free hand peening, and everyone had a go at both. Old blades were available for … Continue reading

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Mowing with Stackpole wardens and more haymaking!

Rowing up in the evening. The greener rows cut by the Stackpole team can be seen towards the back. Yesterday 7 volunteers and wardens from the Stackpole Estate, a National Trust property in Pembrokeshire, came on a course to learn … Continue reading

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Progressive Hand Hay Making

Grass mown this morning, spread out to dry It has been another good hay making day. This morning Phil mowed two long windrows up the edge of the hay field, opening up a patch ready to be mown on a … Continue reading

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The Hay Making Season Begins!

The first few windrows in the early morning sun. With the sun out and shining, and promising to stay so for the rest of the week, the 2013 hay making season at the Trust has got underway. Awkwardly, we already … Continue reading

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