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May112011

The Scythe Book

A tribute to the scythe by one of it’s relatively few modern enthusiasts in the developed world, The Scythe Book is a must-read for enthusiasts of hand tools.

The author takes us on a thought provoking tour of the history and state-of-the-art of scythe production and use, from archaeological artifacts to the modern hammered blade and including comprehensive advice on mowing techniques, choosing and maintaining equipment and even the philosophy and culture of the old-timey mower. The new edition is full of illustrations and additional hints on peening (sharpening) techniques too.

For a permaculture perspective on scythes see this article.

 

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