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BlackPearl  Jun 7, 2017 • 9:28:21am

Nifty, thanks! I’m actually taking a scythe mowing class this weekend, and will report back!

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Anymouse  Jun 8, 2017 • 9:38:44pm

re: #1 BlackPearl

Nifty, thanks! I’m actually taking a scythe mowing class this weekend, and will report back!

Kewl! Let me know how that turns out for you.

Mowing with a scythe is quite a bit of exercise. So is pushing fifty pounds of motorised lawnmower. The scythe allows you to get to places where a lawnmower or reaper cannot reach.

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BlackPearl  Jun 13, 2017 • 3:53:43am

So the class was Sunday. We started at 8am, talking about theory and getting scythes fitted, then went into a mowed field to practice our “Sensenkreis” - scythe circle. We had breakfast around 9:15, then drove out to an unmowed field to practice actually mowing around 10. We cleaned everything up around 1pm, he gave us a short lecture/demo on peening, and we stood around talking about stuff for a while.

When I got back to my Kleingarten, I mowed a section for another 20 minutes. So probably I mowed for 3 hours, and didn’t find it particularly hard exercise at all. I’m completely out of shape, and have only a little tension in my shoulders today. I actually found it much less work than pushing our unmotorized push mower even over short grass, or holding up a weedwhacker, which is how we’ve been dealing with the lawn so far. And it’s nice because we’re not allowed to make noise on Sundays, so with the scythe we’ll be able to still clean up the lawn.

We’re thinking that the scythe is better for large clearances, and we’ll still use the weedwhacker for delicate work, at least until I’m a lot better with the scythe. And maybe use the push mower to even things out, again until I’m better with the scythe - but we probably won’t care that much. :)

The course was run by this guy: sensenkurse-winter.de and he also offers peening courses. The class was made up of four women - two local, one from Bremen, and me from Hamburg. I suspect we’ll all be at the next peening course, and my boyfriend is now sufficiently interested that he’ll come too!


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