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.

Video: Sharpening a bush blade

Video: Sharpening a bush blade

Mar 9, 2017 by Emily

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.

Video: Modern traditional Swiss haymaking on a steep grade

Video: Modern traditional Swiss haymaking on a steep grade

Feb 2, 2017 by Emily

Great modern footage of traditional mowing, hay collecting and transporting on a steep slope in Switzerland.

Whetstone repair?

Whetstone repair?

Jan 27, 2017 by Emily

Thoughts on cleaning stones, and ruminations on stone repairs.

Mowing with a bush scythe

Mowing with a bush scythe

Dec 16, 2016 by Emily

The Scythe Supply crew shares their experiences mowing with a bush scythe.

Description of The Scything Handbook

Description of The Scything Handbook

Dec 8, 2016 by Emily

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.

Snath fit

Snath fit

Dec 7, 2016 by Emily

How to quickly check your snath fit.

DIY Grain Cradle

DIY Grain Cradle

Dec 1, 2016 by Emily

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.

How to measure a scythe blade

How to measure a scythe blade

Nov 8, 2016 by Emily

From heel to toe!

Monhegan Hay Day 2016

Monhegan Hay Day 2016

Jun 16, 2016 by Emily

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!

Homestead Day in Maine

Homestead Day in Maine

May 5, 2016 by Admin

Scythe Supply lead scythe workshops at MOFGA Farm and Homestead Day on Saturday, June 11, in Unity, Maine.

Video: Handmade Romanian rakes and scythes

Video: Handmade Romanian rakes and scythes

Apr 7, 2016 by Emily

In Gyimes, Romania, lived Viktor, who made rakes and scythes by hand. This video by Jenny Parsons documents his fascinating process.

Baby rabbits in the cover crop

Baby rabbits in the cover crop

Jan 28, 2016 by Emily

You never know what you'll come across while you're mowing with your scythe.

Grain cradle - history, use, and how to make one

Grain cradle - history, use, and how to make one

Dec 21, 2015 by Emily

The invention of the grain cradle, a wooden-finger scythe extension, simplified grain harvesting in the 1800s.

New Gardener's blade

New Gardener's blade

Dec 1, 2015 by Emily

Our newest blade, the Gardener's blade, is perfect for trimming in vineyards, garden beds, and around berry bushes.

How to avoid a broken blade

How to avoid a broken blade

Dec 1, 2015 by Emily

Focusing on technique, surveying an area prior to mowing, and keeping the blade sharp are key steps toward avoiding a broken blade.

Winter blade care

Winter blade care

Nov 24, 2015 by Emily

The garden's put to bed and the ground is hardening over: Winter is a great time for blade reconditioning.

The Bregenzer is not broken

The Bregenzer is not broken

Oct 29, 2015 by Emily

If you're confused when you unwrap your whetstone and find an oblong, uneven slice of gray or gray-blue stone, read on.

Heading to Common Ground Fair 2015

Heading to Common Ground Fair 2015

Sep 18, 2015 by Emily

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:  How not to lose them

Set screws: How not to lose them

Sep 3, 2015 by Emily

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.

Mowing gloves

Mowing gloves

Aug 21, 2015 by Emily

Scythe Supply's new soft, durable leather gloves are perfect for mowing, raking, and other work.

Collector's blades

Collector's blades

Apr 15, 2015 by Emily

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.

Schröckenfux - Our blade forgers

Schröckenfux - Our blade forgers

Apr 7, 2015 by Emily

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.

Video: Stacking hay and grains

Video: Stacking hay and grains

Apr 1, 2015 by Emily

This historic video, taken in Germany circa 1942, shows a few different approaches to field drying hay and grains.

Video: The Man With the Scythe

Video: The Man With the Scythe

Mar 18, 2015 by Emily

Manufacturing scythe blades in Austria, circa 1936.

Before and After: Extreme blade repair

Before and After: Extreme blade repair

Mar 11, 2015 by Emily

File a gnarled tear into a smooth edge to return a badly damaged blade to functional use.

Group mowing with lefty and righty mowers

Group mowing with lefty and righty mowers

Mar 3, 2015 by Emily

Visualizing a group mowing experience with both left and right handed mowers.

Group mowing

Group mowing

Feb 24, 2015 by Emily

Group mowing is an excellent way to introduce beginners to the mowing experience and generate a mowing community.

The whetstones

Feb 4, 2015 by Emily

We carry three different whetstones of varying coarseness for sharpening blades, tools or even knives.

Back from NOFA NY

Back from NOFA NY

Jan 29, 2015 by Emily

Reconnecting with customers in New York and reviewing peening and sharpening.

Back from Augusta and off to New York

Back from Augusta and off to New York

Jan 21, 2015 by Emily

Notes from the road: Trading in an American scythe for a European scythe could make all the difference.

Catching up with the tool collector

Catching up with the tool collector

Jan 15, 2015 by Emily

Catching up with Oakland, Maine's, scythe and hand tool collector at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show this week.

January trades shows

January trades shows

Jan 6, 2015 by Emily

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!

Does a scythe cut it?

Does a scythe cut it?

Dec 17, 2014 by Emily

Hanging up the string trimmer in favor of a scythe.

A book for woodsmen/women

A book for woodsmen/women

Dec 16, 2014 by Emily

Read your way to better felling, chopping, stacking and sharpening with The Axe Book, a comprehensive illustrated guide to axmanship.

Scythe collection

Scythe collection

Dec 11, 2014 by Emily

One area in Maine was once populated by axe and scythe factories. A man from Oakland, Maine, preserves that history with his collection.

Forging to felling: Oakland, Maine, axe making

Forging to felling: Oakland, Maine, axe making

Dec 10, 2014 by Emily

This 1965 short film by Peter Vogt documents axe making at the Emerson Stevens factory in Oakland, Maine.

Wild and wise book choice

Wild and wise book choice

Dec 10, 2014 by Emily

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!

The mini scythe

The mini scythe

Dec 4, 2014 by Emily

For those who like things mini, we're now offering our mini scythes for sale. They make adorable ornaments or stocking stuffers.

Multiple uses for one tool

Multiple uses for one tool

Dec 3, 2014 by Emily

In this article a new mower tackles lawn mowing with her scythe, and finds other uses for the tool along the way.

First slice

First slice

Nov 26, 2014 by Emily

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.

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