Peening and Sharpening Workshops


This is a day long workshop to help you really get to grips with the art of sharpening and peening your blade. Knowing how to get your blade really sharp can make a lot of difference to the ease and quality of your mowing.

More details about the workshop can be found below.



The key to relaxed, easy mowing that is gentle on your body is a REALLY sharp blade, so learning to peen and sharpen well can transform your mowing experience.

Subjects covered will include setting up and using a peening station, peening with a jig, free-hand peening and blade repair. There will be plenty of time to work on your own blade and get it into top mowing condition with help on hand.

Perhaps you haven’t managed to get a jig out yet and have a go? Come along to the workshop and give your blade it’s first peen with help on hand. If you have been using your blade heavily but haven’t peened it yet there may be a fair amount of work to do to get it back into tip top condition – we’ll have our peening machine out to make the job easier.

“Thank you for helping arrange the course today, it was choc full of scything information.”

Jake, SW Wales, 2015 course graduate

If you have already have had a go, congratulations! The workshop can help you improve your skills to get a sharper, longer lasting edge. We can also look at how to repair nicks in the blade edge or take the step from jig peening to freehand peening on an anvil.

This course is a useful addition to the peening taught on the Introductory course, or for the more experienced mower who would like to take their blade care to a higher level.

Peening equipment will be provided, although you are also encouraged to bring your own. Bring your own blade, practice blades will also be available. There will be an opportunity to purchase further scythe and peening equipment.

Bookings: Course places are reserved once full payment has been received.

  • In the unlikely event that the minimum number of participants has not been met within 2 weeks of the start date, courses may be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Where a course is fully booked we can accept further names in case of a cancellation.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel your place, please contact us as soon as possible.

  • For cancellations more than 4 weeks before the course date we offer a full refund or the opportunity to transfer to another course date, minus £10 to cover our administration costs.
  • For cancellations within 4 weeks of the course date no refund or transfer is offered, unless we are able to fill the place or if special circumstances apply. We reserve the right to decide whether the latter applies.

Start times: Times listed are the actual time the course begins. Please arrive 15-30 min before the stated time if you would like a hot drink beforehand.

Course details and directions: Details of what you will need to bring and directions to the Trust will be emailed to you after booking.

Ages: All courses are suitable for participants aged 16+.

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Sun 2nd April, Sat 22nd July