MOWING THE GRASS SILENTLY
AND WITH MOMENTUM
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
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?
LESS NOISE AND EXHAUST FUMES. BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.
AND PEENING (HONING)
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.
RESEARCH-INSTITUTE OF EMISSION-FREE
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 - EMISSION-FREE
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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