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Out, Standing In Our Field: The ScytheSupply Blog
Welcome to Scythe Supply's blog, our newest effort to keep you - fellow scythe enthusiasts and our customers - educated about scythe matters and informed of our products.
Spring is in the air. Time to prepare for a successful mowing season!
This sweet animated short from Sensenkurs.Wordpress demonstrates their mission to spread the scythe love!
You can catch Scythe Supply at a few events this year for face-to-face time.
Lauren Brown, author of Grasses: An Identification Guide, wrote this lovingly illustrated guide to identifying the weeds around you, during a time of year when you actually have the time to do it.
A salt marsh farmer must work more closely with the elements than any other type of farmer.
For persons new to using a scythe wading through the various choices can be daunting. This guide will help you through the process of selecting a scythe that is right for you and the work you plan to do.
Jim Kovaleski shares his pointers on how to mow with a scythe at this year's Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine.
Youtube sensation Justin Rhodes visits nomadic farmer Jim Kovaleski at his Maine farm to see how Jim uses a scythe in his farming practice.
To pair with our recently posted lawn mowing video, here are some written tips on how to mow your lawn with a scythe.
In this 10-minute video Richard Scott demonstrates how to mow a lawn using a European scythe. Includes tips on: blade orientation, mowing around plantings/flowers, and other specifics to make your lawn mowing efficient and effective.
Here's a quick video on the basics of sharpening a bush blade, which requires a slightly different technique than a grass or ditch blade.
Great modern footage of traditional mowing, hay collecting and transporting on a steep slope in Switzerland.
Thoughts on cleaning stones, and ruminations on stone repairs.
The Scythe Supply crew shares their experiences mowing with a bush scythe.
The Scything Handbook is the newest guide to mowing and haymaking by hand. Experienced as well as new mowers will benefit from this contemporary guide to a classic tool.
How to quickly check your snath fit.
Whether you're growing a "pancake patch" of wheat in your backyard, acres of ancient grains for market, or barley for malting, a homemade grain cradle attached to your scythe will streamline harvesting. Here are instructions on how to make one.
From heel to toe!
Monhegan Hay Day will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 on a lovely island in Maine. Mowers will cut and collect hay for mulching the island's gardens as part of a community farming project. All scythers welcome!
Scythe Supply will lead scythe workshops at MOFGA Farm and Homestead Day on Saturday, June 23, in Unity, Maine.
In Gyimes, Romania, lived Viktor, who made rakes and scythes by hand. This video by Jenny Parsons documents his fascinating process.
You never know what you'll come across while you're mowing with your scythe.
The invention of the grain cradle, a wooden-finger scythe extension, simplified grain harvesting in the 1800s.
Our newest blade, the Gardener's blade, is perfect for trimming in vineyards, garden beds, and around berry bushes.
Focusing on technique, surveying an area prior to mowing, and keeping the blade sharp are key steps toward avoiding a broken blade.
The garden's put to bed and the ground is hardening over: Winter is a great time for blade reconditioning.
If you're confused when you unwrap your whetstone and find an oblong, uneven slice of gray or gray-blue stone, read on.
Scythe Supply will be holding down its annual fort (er... tent) in the Homesteading area of the MOFGA fair, Friday through Sunday, September 25-27.
Set screws hold the ring clamp in place, which in turn holds the blade in place. The screws are essential and, unfortunately, easily lost. Here are a few tips on how NOT to lose them.
Scythe Supply's new soft, durable leather gloves are perfect for mowing, raking, and other work.
The ScytheSupply.com photo gallery is eye candy for blade enthusiasts, and we have two collector's blades for sale: Tops and Vindobona Sense in a couple lengths for each and one lefty option.
Scythe Supply imports scythe blades from the Schroeckenfux factory in Austria. The factory has been in business for nearly 500 years. Read on for a brief history of the scythe works.
This historic video, taken in Germany circa 1942, shows a few different approaches to field drying hay and grains.
Manufacturing scythe blades in Austria, circa 1936.
File a gnarled tear into a smooth edge to return a badly damaged blade to functional use.
Visualizing a group mowing experience with both left and right handed mowers.
Group mowing is an excellent way to introduce beginners to the mowing experience and generate a mowing community.
We carry three different whetstones of varying coarseness for sharpening blades, tools or even knives.
Reconnecting with customers in New York and reviewing peening and sharpening.
Notes from the road: Trading in an American scythe for a European scythe could make all the difference.
Catching up with Oakland, Maine's, scythe and hand tool collector at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show this week.
Scythe Supply will be in the flesh at upcoming trades shows in Augusta, Maine, and Saratoga Springs, New York. We hope you'll stop by our booth!
Hanging up the string trimmer in favor of a scythe.
Read your way to better felling, chopping, stacking and sharpening with The Axe Book, a comprehensive illustrated guide to axmanship.
One area in Maine was once populated by axe and scythe factories. A man from Oakland, Maine, preserves that history with his collection.
This 1965 short film by Peter Vogt documents axe making at the Emerson Stevens factory in Oakland, Maine.
Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair was listed on the New York Times book review this month. It's also a new book we have on hand for sale!
For those who like things mini, we're now offering our mini scythes for sale. They make adorable ornaments or stocking stuffers.
In this article a new mower tackles lawn mowing with her scythe, and finds other uses for the tool along the way.
Welcome to The Scythe Supply Blog! With this blog we aim to provide our customers and new mowers with a stock pile of helpful scythe related information and peaks at our products.