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The Scythe BookSecond Edition Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains with Hand Tools 2nd Edition

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"“The whole book is intriguing. I started scything in my teens, and have cut grass and bay with the same
swing for more than eighty years. It is first-class fresh-air exercise, that stirs the blood and flexes the muscles,
while it clears the meadows.”
Scott Nearing "

"“...armed with book and scythe, I approached my grass. I can report that I laid waste to a quarter-acre of weeds,
including occasional poplar and sumac shoots up to a half-inch in diameter. I felt good after performing this chore.
Last year I did the same job in twice the time with a “weed eater” made by a chainsaw manufacturer. It vibrated. I
vibrated. Though I wore antinoise earmuffs, I got a headache. David Tresemer has converted me to scything. If you hate
your lawnmower, you’ll like this book.”
Tom Manwell, Horticulture Magazine "

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From the Publisher

In an age when most wonder how they can accomplish anything without the aid of electricity or gasoline, The
Scythe Book shows how a traditional hand tool can often outperform “modern” technology. For the gardener, farmer or
homeowner, a scythe, a good scythe, is an efficient and enjoyable tool for cutting grasses and weeds, and for harvesting
small grains. In this book David Tresemer presents the results of years of research and practical experience so that the
reader may also learn to use and enjoy the scythe.

This new edition of The Scythe Book includes an Addendum, “The Scythe Must Dance,” on the practical use of the scythe,
by Peter Vido. Beginning with his recollections from boyhood in Slovakia, Peter Vido shares what he has learned from
European mowers and scythe-makers during recent trips to countries where scythes are still routinely used, and also
provides detailed guidance on fitting the scythe (blade and snath) to the individual, care and repair of the blade,
principals of movement and much fascinating lore.

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