In the Workshop – More Northumbrian scythes for sale!

Mis à jour : 3 mars 2020

There is no better therapy for bodily pain and discomfort than creative working in wood. During winter months I try to spend 2 or 3 hours each day in the workshop making traditional Northumbrian scythes. Making the scythe handles on my lathe is particularly satisfying – seeing how the different woods (oak, sycamore, pine and yew) show their individual and varied beauty when the final product is sanded down. With every scythe I make I discover new “tricks” to make a better tool – there is nothing like direct experience which acts like a “teacher” allowing us humans to perfect skills in ways which even the most careful forethought cannot foresee.

Although I am very good at making these beautiful traditional tools, I am hopeless as a salesman trying to promote their wider use. With a little care and practice the scythe becomes a wonderfully capable tool – far exceeding the noisy strimmer in its effectiveness on most jobs. It is true that there is what can be a tricky learning process which can, for some modern people, be a barrier to progress when a quick fix answer is usually required!

Please do get in touch here if you are interested in purchasing one to learn this very useful skill!

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John Seymour came to live in Ireland in 1981 when he began work on developing his smallholding in County Wexford. A regular series of summer courses was started in 1993.     Will Sutherland joined John in running courses soon afterwards and continued to work with John until his death at the age of 90 in 2004.   Will continues to run courses and give workshops on the many and various topics covered by the Complete Book.


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