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(Mother Nature Network)   How to master the art of scything. Just in case the Grim Reaper needs to take a few days off and asks you to cover for him   (mnn.com) divider line 75
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2012-06-16 07:34:20 AM  
farm8.staticflickr.com

Get down with your bad self!
 
2012-06-16 07:39:51 AM  
It's harder than it looks. A buddy of mine let me use his to clear weeds from a property I'd just bought. Damn near took my foot off.

/really works your core, if you're into that sort of thing.
 
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2012-06-16 08:00:46 AM  
I spent a lot of time behind a scythe when I was a teenager. The keys to success are to have a very sharp blade and to strike the grass just about an inch above the ground. The user has to keep the blade at a uniform height from the ground for the full swing.. Too high and the grass just folds over. Too dull and it just folds over. Too low and the blade hits the ground or small rocks etc.

You can clear a lot of grass fast if you know how to use one and its properly sharpened.
 
2012-06-16 09:50:37 AM  
Epic win for headline, subbie. You win 4 Auditors and Binky.
 
2012-06-16 09:51:39 AM  
This is excellent news. My succulents were beginning to grow out of control. I knew it was time to deal with them when late at night I heard them drag-scrape-drag-scraping their way across the kitchen floor to get to the guinea pigs..
 
2012-06-16 09:53:09 AM  
Get someone knowledgeable to help you find a scythe that fits you. Both your height and arm length are important factors. If it is right, scything is almost effortless. If it is not, your back will not last 1/2 hour. My Dad had one scythe he and I could use. The others were all torture devices.
 
2012-06-16 09:58:34 AM  
hg101.kontek.net
 
2012-06-16 09:58:53 AM  
Or in case Shuhei Hisagi gets suspended for another contraband motorcycle.
 
2012-06-16 09:59:48 AM  
Whetstone? I had to peen mine sharp as a kid.
 
2012-06-16 10:00:00 AM  
The salmon mousse.
 
2012-06-16 10:00:35 AM  
Suddenly, I have a taste for some salmon mousse.
 
2012-06-16 10:01:05 AM  
img.photobucket.com

I think I have a handle on scything.
 
2012-06-16 10:01:22 AM  

lysdexic: It's harder than it looks. A buddy of mine let me use his to clear weeds from a property I'd just bought. Damn near took my foot off.

/really works your core, if you're into that sort of thing.


Rent A Goat
 
2012-06-16 10:01:44 AM  

Nakito: The salmon mousse.


Curse you!!
 
2012-06-16 10:02:26 AM  
idiotflashback.files.wordpress.com

I recommend the salmon mousse.
 
2012-06-16 10:02:32 AM  
Excellent short story by Ray Bradbury:

The Scythe
 
2012-06-16 10:05:25 AM  
Next thing you know Mandy patinkin will be giving you post it's.

Definitely not obscure
 
2012-06-16 10:06:16 AM  
jilenterprises.com
Ready for the job
 
2012-06-16 10:08:09 AM  
Nah, I'll just cheat in a limbo game and make Grim do it.
 
2012-06-16 10:08:52 AM  
The piece had a heavy save-Mother-Earth slant, so why would they give tips to effeciently chop down growing plants which have sequestered carbon? Dead plants decompose and release greenhouse gasses, no?

Methinks this is a infomercial for scythes.

Always follow the money, it leads to the answer.
 
2012-06-16 10:10:39 AM  
images.tvrage.com

That was a good episode.
 
2012-06-16 10:19:19 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-16 10:23:50 AM  
It's a Mr. Death. He's come about the reaping.
 
2012-06-16 10:25:01 AM  
Amateur.

www.blackgate.com

/hot
 
2012-06-16 10:30:34 AM  

Mr. Titanium: Get someone knowledgeable to help you find a scythe that fits you. Both your height and arm length are important factors. If it is right, scything is almost effortless. If it is not, your back will not last 1/2 hour. My Dad had one scythe he and I could use. The others were all torture devices.


If it's not Scottish, ... It's carp!
 
2012-06-16 10:38:26 AM  
Meanwhile in Latvia

and elsewhere:

Competitive speed scything (first 10 seconds are garbled)
 
2012-06-16 10:40:46 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-16 10:40:51 AM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
MY LAST VACATION DIDN'T GO SO WELL....
 
2012-06-16 10:41:02 AM  
They claim a scythe cost $200 - $400? It's a farking hand tool. I can buy a really nice self-propelled lawnmower for that price.

farkabunchascythe.
 
2012-06-16 10:41:57 AM  
Too many people being clever in this thread. You'd better be careful, your feet don't fall off.
 
2012-06-16 10:45:58 AM  
My grandfather taught me. There are nuances to the art. I can still hear him yelling, "SLICE, don't CHOP!"
 
2012-06-16 10:47:27 AM  
Glad to see that TFA brought up the two different types of snaths. For me, the Austrian style is much easier to use that the S-shaped american pattern; it's also much lighter. I'm always surprised that scythe stones are widely available at hardware stores. Given how demand-driven the inventories are at most stores, it's hard to understand why they keep those on hand.
 
2012-06-16 10:47:53 AM  
Mort approves
 
2012-06-16 10:52:27 AM  

NFA: You can clear a lot of grass fast if you know how to use one and its properly sharpened.


My Grandfather was a past master with a scythe. His grandparents' generation had to use them to mow hay, cut oats and wheat, etc. and knowing how to use one, even though he had a mowing machine and a reaper, was considered an essential part of becoming an adult. My parents' generation wouldn't use one for any reason but my Grandfather tried to teach me. I remember he never used one without a special honing stone in his pocket.

Mastering the art of a scythe is not for the faint of heart. But once you train your muscles to move correctly and get a rhythm going, it's amazingly efficient. And using one of those things for a few hours a day will cure all cases of insomnia.
 
2012-06-16 11:05:26 AM  
fountaindaleasd.files.wordpress.com
Sign me up, if she's teachin the class.
 
2012-06-16 11:06:01 AM  
Susan was pretty good with one.

She was pretty good with a fireplace poker, too.
 
2012-06-16 11:07:03 AM  

The Voice of Doom: Meanwhile in Latvia

and elsewhere:

Competitive speed scything (first 10 seconds are garbled)


Nice vid. I have an old scythe in my garage, but nothing to really use it on.
 
2012-06-16 11:07:06 AM  
35 seconds.


Dammit!
 
2012-06-16 11:31:52 AM  
tvmedia.ign.com
 
2012-06-16 11:32:13 AM  

Notabunny: lysdexic: It's harder than it looks. A buddy of mine let me use his to clear weeds from a property I'd just bought. Damn near took my foot off.

/really works your core, if you're into that sort of thing.

Rent A Goat


As it turns out, this same buddy of mine has goats that we're going to be visiting next month.

/wish that had been around 20 years ago
//weeds were chest high and I just had a push mower.
 
2012-06-16 11:32:53 AM  

thecpt: Next thing you know Mandy patinkin will be giving you post it's.

Definitely not obscure


:) Loved that show.
 
2012-06-16 11:33:57 AM  

RibbyK: The piece had a heavy save-Mother-Earth slant, so why would they give tips to effeciently chop down growing plants which have sequestered carbon? Dead plants decompose and release greenhouse gasses, no?

Methinks this is a infomercial for scythes.

Always follow the money, it leads to the answer.


Intrigued, RSS feed, etc.
 
2012-06-16 11:38:39 AM  
Meanwhile in England...

eddieizzardfans.com
 
2012-06-16 11:53:05 AM  
I want a scythe.
 
2012-06-16 11:53:58 AM  
Some folks call it a sling blade. I call it a kaiser blade.
 
2012-06-16 11:54:00 AM  
F*cking hippies.
 
2012-06-16 11:56:35 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
GBB
2012-06-16 12:11:37 PM  
Learn to scythe?
t0.gstatic.com
pfft. Learn to fly.
 
2012-06-16 12:15:22 PM  
Scythes™

For when the ammo runs out and zombies still need killin'
 
2012-06-16 12:17:56 PM  
Good morning Chrono!
 
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