Using a Scythe – Library

The following pages give more information on all aspects of using a scythe – from the basics of setting up to tips on mowing technique, from starting peening with a jig to free hand peening and blade repair.

It is a work in progress, more information will be added when possible – watch this space!

Getting Started

A Tour of a Scythe

What length snath do I need?

Peening and Sharpening

What is Peening? and other frequently asked questions. Includes links to a useful video on peening with a jig and Phil’s masterclass on freehand peening.

Peening – Anvil or Jig?

Hand Hay Making

Hand Hay Making at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust

Hay Making 2013

Hay Making 2014

Hay Making 2015