Category Archives: Peening and Sharpening

Peening – what is it and why bother?

Is it worth learning to peen? Yes! Getting to grips with the art of peening is a transformative moment for many mowers. Good mowing technique will only get you so far. The key to easy, relaxed and efficient mowing is a really sharp blade. There are two aspects to maintaining a sharp edge: Good technique with a whet stone when honing in the field Use … Continue reading Peening – what is it and why bother? »

Make a Simple Peening Bench from Offcuts of Timber

Peening Bench made from Offcuts

 Before you begin peening, you need to mount your peening jig or anvil. There are many ways of doing this, from a purpose built peening bench to mounting the anvil / jig in large log. Here is how we make a simple peening bench (or peening pony) from offcuts of wood from other projects. A Simple Peening Bench Dimensions of timber I used are in … Continue reading Make a Simple Peening Bench from Offcuts of Timber »

Learn to Scythe and Learn to Peen in 2018

Learning to Scythe in the Hay Meadow

Introductory Scythe Course The first Introductory Scythe Course of the year, Saturday 26th May 2018, is available to book now. Peening Workshop The first Peening and Sharpening workshop will be on Sunday 8th April. This is a great opportunity to get your blade ready at the start of the main mowing season. Blade Repair and Peen If you have worked your blade(s) hard over the … Continue reading Learn to Scythe and Learn to Peen in 2018 »

Sharpening up for the Scything Season

Peening a 75cm Profisense

  It’s International Peening Day on 2nd April, the perfect time to get your blade ready for the busiest months of the scything year. If you want some help to start peening or to improve your skills come along to our Peening Workshop on 2nd April. We like to keep numbers small on this course so participants get as much one to one help as … Continue reading Sharpening up for the Scything Season »

Learn to Scythe in 2017

As Autumn turns to Winter we are already thinking ahead to the Spring and the start of the main scything season. Our 2017 gardening diary recently arrived through the post and some of the blanks have already been filled with course dates – see here for details, more dates to follow soon. Of course before we get to the New Year there is Christmas to … Continue reading Learn to Scythe in 2017 »