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August 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Instructor: Ian Miller, author of The Scything HandbookKiko Denzer of Hand Print Press

Historic print of man using scythe

Title: Höstmanden, a print made by: Poul Christiansen © Trustees of the British Museum

What you learn from mowing with a scythe can indeed change your relationship to the land, and thereby your life. Technology (from the Greek root tekne, meaning art, craft or skill) shapes our work — and the world. The technology of the scythe demands a higher awareness of your body, the feel of sun or rain on your back, and the condition of grass and blade. All that awareness leads to kinds of knowledge that gas-powered tools can only destroy. Kiko Denzer, adapted from his forward to The Scything Handbook by Ian Miller

Join Ian Miller, author of The Scything Handbook, and Kiko Denzer as they share the skills, techniques, and joy of mowing with the scythe. Whether you are interested in mowing the lawn, haying a meadow, or harvesting grains, this hands-on workshop provides you with the knowledge to use this beautiful and functional heirloom tool.
At this full day workshop you will;
  • learn how to assemble a scythe and customize it to your body
  • learn how to perform the nearly-effortless mowing stroke
  • learn how to hone the blade with a whetstone
  • learn scythe safety
  • learn how to mow in challenging situations such as around trees and near pavement
  • learn the basics of peening
  • learn how to make hay by hand
  • learn how to harvest grains by hand
  • learn and practice scything in the fields at Nana Cardoon
  • share a delicious farm-fresh lunch around the table, and take home knowledge and friendships to last long into the future.

Wooden handled scythe by old pickupTo register for class, or for more information, contact Charlene at 503-357-4992 or at charlene@nanacardoon.com



August 7, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Foodways at Nana Cardoon
2542 NW Williamina Ave
Forest Grove, OR United States


Charlene Murdock