Finnish the mowing

It’s getting to that time of year when you start thinking about mowing. Have a look at the Finnish way of mowing- is this style quicker than the normal European way?

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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4 Responses to Finnish the mowing

  1. graemeu says:

    Looks like a solution to a matted meadow, I’ve cut grass and bracken with a bill hook that way, but you’re the scythe master, what do you think? Interesting set of old films that come up on the youtube link, Thanks G


    • Sadeik says:

      Yes I thought so to, trying to work out how they did the mowing technique


      • graemeu says:

        Looks like the change in direction is easy enough but getting the bodgers to make an appropriate handle could be a challenge and I assume the blade is symmetrical in the cutting plane (maybe that is what the forging was about) getting the hook on the tip, just so, could be a real challenge too. Must be examples preserved in museums.


  2. Sadeik says:

    Reblogged this on Scythe Association and commented:

    Right you lot, here’s a challenge for Somerset!!!!!!!


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