Larry and J.R. are making progress on developing the 1SR snath. After endless hurdles with building codes and local politics, they are finally able to use the building for the woodworking division, to some extent at least. They are using Bird's Eye Ash, from a specialist tool handle wood supplier in Kentucky, to make the first run of 1SR snaths. The blacksmithing will have to be done in a separate new building, currently under construction. I have been a huge fan of Larry's broad fork, for quite some time, and I am very happy to be partnering with him in developing a series of scythe related products, exclusively for One Scythe Revolution. First and foremost, is the 1SR snath. In my 12 years of experience with mowing and farming with a scythe, and the 7 years of experience in teaching scythe workshops and individual customers on my farm, I have come to realize that the best of the available snaths in the world, so far, can be improved on in both fit and function, and also quality of construction. Our goal is to design a snath that transfers the force generated by your body motion, as directly and efficiently as possible to the cutting action of the blade. A snath to power the One Scythe Revolution. Will we succeed?
As some of you know, I have had to move off my farm. A long, dark, and bitter story, that I will save for another time. This is the last and final thing that I moved off my farm yesterday. My friends and family think I was nuts to go back and get it, but it's my favorite "invention" from my farm. ("Invention" like in re-inventing the wheel. Haystack frames have been around for a long time, of course.) It was the latest and most successful evolvement of my Pyramid Haystack frames. It was in continues use for over 5 years, and left outside the entire time. All the wood and ropes are still completely sound. I hope to use it again somewhere this summer, and for many to come.
"Rewilding, grazing, mowing. All examples of how we can preserve nature so that we ensure good living conditions for a great variety of animals and plants. It helps to provide biodiversity."
Wish I could understand Danish! A beautifully filmed documentary posted on YouTube by the Danish Nature Agency. Niels Johansson of http://www.legrej.dk talks about how he uses the scythe to mow delicate native wetlands, timed to set back the dominant or invasive species, in order to enable a greater bio-diversity of native plant species to emerge and recover. I think that's what he is saying, anyway. Niels is an expert on native wetland restoration and the scythe.