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?
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
A scythe and the right conditions can turn cutting grass from a chore to a joy The edges of our forest garden have been getting rather overgrown. I got up early to give them a trim. My effort was well rewarded. The early morning dew and a sharp blade made the grass easy to mow. Add in beautiful surroundings, gentle exercise, bird song and the … Continue reading How to Make Scything a Pleasure
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
Due to demand, we have added an extra Peening and Sharpening Workshop on Sunday 10th September. The Peening and Sharpening workshop on Saturday 22nd July is now fully booked. Book for the September workshop, a great opportunity to give your blade an end of season MOT.
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
Whilst mowing this morning both Phil and I were sharpening more frequently than usual to keep our blades mowing well – time for a peen. Here is Phil working on my 75cm Profisense ready for tomorrow morning’s mowing. Permaculture Magazine are featuring an article by us on peening in their latest issue. We want to encourage more people to experience the benefits that peening can … Continue reading Peening to Keep Mowing