The Scythe Book (2021 edition)

Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains with Hand Tools

David Tresemer



ISBN: 9780811739795


CATEGORY: Outdoor Skills and Craftsmanship

BINDING: Paperback


For the gardener, farmer, or homeowner, a good scythe is an efficient and enjoyable tool for cutting grasses and weeds and harvesting small grains.

Author David Tresemer presents the results of years of research and practical experience so that the reader may learn to use and enjoy the scythe. In an age when most wonder how they can accomplish anything without the aid of electricity or petrol, The Scythe Book shows how a traditional hand tool can often outperform more modern technology.

This new edition includes an addendum on the practical use of the scythe by Peter Vido. Beginning with his recollections from boyhood in Slovakia, Vido shares what he has learned from European mowers and scythe-makers during trips to countries where scythes are still routinely used. He also provides detailed guidance on fitting the scythe (blade and snath) to the individual, care and repair of the blade, principles of movement, and much fascinating lore.

Meet the author David Tresemer

David Tresemer, Ph.D., has a doctorate in psychology and is a faculty coordinator and presenter for the certificate program in Counseling Psychology, with concentration in Anthroposophic Psychology. He has written in many areas, ranging from The Scythe Book to books about mythic theatre, astrology-seen-intelligently, and counseling. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.