Scything: Mowing with an English scythe

Saturday 5 August 2017

9.30am-4.30pm

The course

A day for those with an interest in and a desire to use the traditional English scythe. The day will focus upon the maintenance and restoration of these vintage tools (the blades being last made in the 1960’s and 70’s) as well as the adjustment and mowing technique. Participants are encouraged to bring their own scythes – though English scythes (some from the Museum’s own collection) will be provided for use on the course. English scythes are typically heavier and less adjustable than the modern Austrian scythes and those with little or no experience in using a scythe may benefit from first attending one of the Museum’s Learn to mow using a scythe courses before attempting the English scythe.

The tutor

Mark Allery is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A member of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group Mark became involved in greenwood working through conservation work, particularly the Lynchmere commons near Haslemere where he lives and where he is now the site manager for the mixed woodland and heathland site. In addition to pole lathe turning Mark also makes besom brooms, hay rakes, a range of coppice products, burns charcoal as well as scything.

Participant information

Please wear suitable working clothes and sturdy footwear. Participants should be aware that much of the day will be spent out of doors and many paths are sloping and uneven.

Fee

£60 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

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