Scything Rushes

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What an amazing tool! We have just bought our first scythes and set them up. These are Austrian scythes, very lightweight, extremely well made with a good range of excellent blades. Simon Fairlie is the only supplier in the UK of these scythes.

Most of our 6 acres is covered in soft rushes (juncus effusus) so we have a fair bit of work ahead of us. This video shows just how easy it is to use with a good blade, sharpened every 5-10 minutes (takes about 30 seconds). This is using the 65cm ‘ditch’ blade.

Can’t recommend them highly enough.

We are going to experiment with thatching using these rushes, and possibly weaving. There is certainly no shortage of supply!

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