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mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 7:38 am    Post subject: Buying a scythe  Reply with quote    

The old chap fancies a scythe. Is this site any good?

http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/

Is it easy to 'teach yourself scything'?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gil taught me the basics, years ago now, so it must be easy.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are two types of sythe that are worth having; the Austrian and the English. I don't know that much about it, but have done a bit of sything myself, although not very well. You can teach yourself, but a lesson with an experiences syther might be an advantage. Someone I know is into sything. His blog site is https://woodlandantics.wordpress.com/ You might find something of interest there.

robkb



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If there's anything Simon Fairlie doesn't know about scything, it probably isn't worth knowing

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mochyn I have an English scythe at home, I will look it out tomorrow, and see if it is roadworthy-well not worm eaten anyway. I don't use it now, or have for that matter.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying a scythe Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
The old chap fancies a scythe. Is this site any good?

http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/

Is it easy to 'teach yourself scything'?


Yes and yes.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24547
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers everyone: I'll pass it all on to him.

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
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Location: Away with the fairies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Apparently the season for scything fairs and competitions is approaching - mostly in Somerset I think.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

14th June, the Green Scythe Fair. A couple of miles from us, in mid-Somerset. http://www.greenfair.org.uk/index.html
I think Simon Fairlie will be on The One Show on BBC1 tonight.

Dogwalker



Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Posts: 1231
Location: Mid Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got an austrian scythe if he'd like to try before buying.

Although it probably needs time spent sharpening it It's not been used yet this year.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 15 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll mention that to him, Debbie.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 15 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have an English scythe in Llanfyllin if he wants to try. I will only be here for 20 minutes as I use the library for 'pootering. Access to the pooter will not be until Tuesday now due to the council cuts! This scythe also needs a sharpen, and the handle is worm free!

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35818
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 15 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Arvo's is an Austrian one, a la Simon Fairlie and Gil. Very easy to use. The blade is shorter than the English ones and it's lighter.

You could stay here and visit the scythe festival .

*waves to Dogwalker*

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