Some advantages to using a scythe:
pleasant sounds in operating mode
breathing air keeps as fresh as before
The soil does not get contaminated with unburned fuel or lubricant.
Already the production process of lawnmowers and motorized scythes causes a significant impact upon the environment. Further on distribution, not to mention the use of the machines, and last but not least the disposal, which happens highly foreseeable within a few years. A scythe, in contrast, can be used for several generations.
The swinging movement of the scythe mobilizes the entire spinal column, it is great exercise for back muscles, and increases physical mobility. This kind of exercise leads to a greater sense of well-being. The direct connection to nature - the smell of the grass, of the flowers, of the dew - creates a feeling of physical and psychological harmony. The slow, meditative nature of the activity allows to relax and forget about worries and preoccupations.
Using a scythe preserves and promotes biodiversity. A meadow with a variety of plants and flowers is proof of this. Scything also supports ecological tourism. How could someone expect to relax or unwind when surrounded by the drilling of lawnmowers and motorized scythes?


During the half-day course the tools will be introduced: Scythe blade, snath, peening-bench, peening-anvil and hammer, whetstone.
Choice and correct handling of the blade, scything technique, and appropriate positioning while mowing will be discussed, demonstrated and exercised. Further on theory and practice of peening. A well honed blade is essentially for scything with ease.




Modern technology is based on the use of engines. These are powered by fuels, distributed and manufactured to hundreds of millions of consumers, and transported incessantly from place to place around the globe, thus draining finite natural resources and leading to huge emissions of fossil fuels. The largest quantities of the raw materials originate from countries whose inhabitants suffer from the process of resource exploitation, whilst only the dominant elite and international capital profit. The use of these fuels causes long-lasting side effects. The associated architecture of industrialization is itself drab and uninspiring - those asphalt and concrete landscapes of sound-proof walls. Modern technology has given rise to a litany of damaging by-products: fine dust particles in the air, exhaust gases, noise, global-warming and climate-change, and an increase in the speed of life in general.
Above all else, everything must go fast. Modern trains break speed records. Drivers of Heavy Duty Vehicles believe or are made to believe that they must get from A to B as quickly as possible. Industrial production works under the constant pressure of deadlines; deadlines which are often themselves fabricated in order to accelerate the production process. Production is endless and around the clock. All work must be done as quickly as possible.
Those who work under this system of empty productivity end up exhausted. The RESEARCH INSTITUTE searches for alternate possibilities and offers solutions that provide an escape route from such a hostile scenario.



SCYTHING AND PEENING are simple techniques which continue to work when gas-pipelines are closed off, when electricity is cut, or when the production of machines has broken down - scenarios which, due to unforeseeable climate change and political upheaval, might well become a reality.
The high wind-speeds due to stormy weather in recent years serve as an analogy for the fast-paced speed of societal life. The draining of resources, production and waste, transport, air and water pollution, urbanization, airwave disruptions (TV, radio, mobile phones etc.), all contribute to the accelerated tempo of modern life.
The employment of a technique such as SCYTHING AND PEENING serves to slow down the pace of life, as well as helping undermine the norms of industrialized production. It also has the potential to decrease poisonous emissions. Most households with a patch of land are, after all, in possession of a fuelled lawnmower. Companies and communal facilities have also chosen motorization over alternate methods. An enormous amount of such machinery exists. Innumerable amounts have - in the meantime - broken down or been discarded, and others still have been superfluously produced. These procedures - production, distribution and disposal - are already associated with one long-term side effect: emissions. The product itself: the lawnmower or motorized scythe, generates exhaust fumes and noise. Not only do the fuels used to power these machines generate emissions, the very process of extraction, refinement and transportation of the fuels themselves leads to the generation of emissions. Scything, in comparison, produces only bodily warmth, and this only when the scythe is unsharpened.




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