<![CDATA[One Scythe Revolution - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:48:56 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Late Season Brome]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:05:48 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/late-season-bromePicture
Winter is coming, but don't put away your scythes away just yet. This is the time of year that I like to mow brome grass at the straw stage, for use as animal bedding and mulch. It's great for mulching garlic. My favorite blade for this is the 85cm Falci 100. The 100 is formed to slide well over a bumpy field, and so it leaves rather high stubble. This works great with a prime upright hayfield, but it also works great for mowing brome in the late fall for straw. Whereas a flatter blade like the FUX 2010 blade, which hugs the ground and leaves short stubble, would mow everything and shave the ground clean, the Falci 100 will leave a lot of the short green grass behind unmowed. It takes a lot less effort to mainly mow just the dry straw rising above the green grass, than it takes to mow everything clean. Since I want to use the harvested grass as straw, I would rather have more dry matter and less green grass in the mix. The ease of mowing brome at this time of year is a lot of fun!

<![CDATA[Clearing Electric Fences with a Scythe]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 16:45:09 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/clearing-electric-fences-with-a-scytheA scythe can be used to mow along, and under electric fences, to keep the tall grass from shorting out the wires. You have to be very careful not to hit the metal fenceposts, however. Most cracked scythe edges that I hear about, are from people trimming along fence lines and hitting either metal fenceposts, or wire. Keeping your edge very sharp, enables you to mow with much less force, so you can be more slow and precise when nearing a fence post.
​   If you wish to gather up the fresh cut grass for feeding back at the barn, or if you wish to make hay with it, it's best to mow from right to left along the fence, (standing with right shoulder towards the fence) so that your windrow ends up away from the fence. You can then rake it up and put it in a garden cart, and haul it away. Or, if you want to make hay out of it, spread it out in place, and ted it until dry before hauling it away. For feeding it fresh to the horses, you can mow from the left end of the fence line to the right (standing with left shoulder towards the fence) as in the video below, so that your windrow ends up on the other side of the fence, so the horses can eat it fresh from their side of the fence. 
<![CDATA[The Wild Hay Maker]]>Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:24:20 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/the-wild-hay-maker
<![CDATA[Kocu, Koca (Mow, Scythe)]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:45:19 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/kocu-koca-mow-scytheTwo boys spend the day with their grandfather, scything hay. Everything is very idyllic, until a loud and obnoxious guest arrives. 
<![CDATA[Handmowers / Intro Video]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:23:25 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/handmowers-intro-video ]]><![CDATA[International Peening Day 4/5/2015]]>Fri, 03 Apr 2015 12:35:05 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/international-peening-day-452015PicturePeening a scythe blade.
The first Sunday of April has been officially dubbed International Peening Day, by the Scythe Association of the British Isles. The idea was originally conceived by Steve Tomlin, to encourage people to take the time to properly prepare their scythe blades for the upcoming mowing season. Even better is when people gather in small groups, to share their knowledge and experience. It falls on Easter this year, April 5th.1SR Scythe Instructor Andy Graybeal is hosting such an event in Coolville, Ohio. Andy will help those who need assistance getting their blade sharp. Starting at noon. Rain or shine. Contact Andy at andy@knivesandchives.com, if you want to attend, or register on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/928546020509355/ 

I will be hosting an event in Minnesota, near Hastings. Contact me at Botan@oneScytheRevolution.com, or call 651-604-7090 if you wish to attend. Bring your scythe blade, whetstones, and whatever peening gear and stump you have.

If you participating in the international event, either in groups or on your own, you are invited to share pictures with Steve Tomlin https://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/international-peening-day-2015/
                                                                                                   - Botan Anderson

<![CDATA[How to Remove the Hulls of Ancient Wheats]]>Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:23:17 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/how-to-remove-the-hulls-of-ancient-wheatsPictureBlack Winter Emmer
Ever wonder how to get the hulls off of your homegrown Einkorn and Emmer, so you can eat them? I have heard of this solution, but I haven't tried it yet. Here is a video on YouTube of a simple way to do it. At 1:00, notice that a thick, flat rubber ring has been mounted over the main steel plate of a Corona or Porkert grain mill. The other steel plate is left bare. The grain heads are cut off the stems, and then run through the grinder. The plates need to be adjusted for firm, but not crushing pressure. As you turn the crank, the metal teeth of the steel plate, rubs the hulled grain against the rubber plate, and the friction rubs the hulls apart. Then the grain is separated from the chaff, by winnowing it in the wind. 
On an even smaller scale, you can use the ancient method of toasting the hulls in a frying pan until very dry, then crushing the hulls with a mortar and pestle, and then winnow in the wind to separate the grain from the chaff.   - Botan Anderson

<![CDATA[Giants in the Grain Fields]]>Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:12:14 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/giants-in-the-grain-fieldsA History of Harvesting Grains, from the Scythe to Gigantic Modern Combines
While it's amazing what a $500,000 combine can do, how does a small acreage farmer homesteader grow and harvest their own grain? Even small walk-behind combines cost a fortune. From 4:40 to 14:14, the above documentary shows how grains used to be harvested by hand, with a scythe and a flail. There is some good historical footage in this video. While the modern reenactment was done when the grain was at peak ripeness, the narrator explains at 6:55 that grains were traditionally harvested with a scythe before peak ripeness, so fewer grains would get knocked loose while harvesting. Then the grain was tied into sheaves and stacked in the field, in shocks, to finish ripening. Modern combines harvest wheat at complete ripeness.
<![CDATA[Three New Scythe Videos featuring the Falci 100 Scythe BladeĀ ]]>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:43:43 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/three-new-scythe-videos-featuring-the-falci-100-scythe-blade
1SR Falci 100, in "Botan Blue", 85cm, 50mm wide, 603g, This blade has a fully-formed belly and rocker, to handle bumpier fields, like my favorite Penn. Dutch Redtenbacher blade. I asked Falci to reproduce my favorite Redtenbacher blade in 85cm, and they said there was no need to. This one is similar, they said, and will probably mow better! So there you go. This blade is awesome. A strong, stiff, well-formed, and balanced blade. The form of the blade is more like a cross between my Gartensense blades and the FUX 2010 or Profisense. It doesn't have as much of a hook in front, as the 2010, making it easier for beginners to use, and requires less twisting of the torso in the full field stroke, which I prefer. I like using a lot of lateral motion in my scythe stroke. Only double peened, but to a thinly tapered bevel that runs easily over the nail, in the thumbnail test. I finally got to really put it through it's paces this fall, and shoot some video of it in action. See the three videos below:
The farmers at New Story Farm called me up, and said they needed a scythe asap, to mow some green feed for their beef cows. Their last pasture was exhausted, and their newly seeded pastures weren't ready to withstand being trampled by the herd yet, but could be mowed. Sounded like fun to me, so I personally delivered their scythe, and showed them how to mow and helped them harvest some green feed. Here I am mowing very dense red clover with turnip greens, and several grass species. The clover was very dense and heavy.
In late fall, mature dry grasses, such as brome and reed canary grass, can be harvested and used as straw, for animal bedding, garden mulch, and for the dry matter in compost. Here I am mowing brome for mulch at the Borner Farm Project in Prescott, WI. They use it to cover their garlic for winter, and for mulch in general, and also as a dense mat to suppress weeds in pathways. In this video I am holding the blade slightly up off the ground, as I am mowing, so that the blade cuts more above the green grass underneath, and mostly mows the dry stems that rise above it. It also helps to tilt the blade slightly back towards it's spine, which raises the cutting edge. The bottom of the blade deflects the green grass down as the edge cuts the dry stems.
Winter scything with a 85cm Falci 100 scythe blade. Normally at this time of year, the brome grass can be easily mowed in a dry state, as in the preceding video, and used directly for garden mulch or animal bedding in the barn. This year, winter came 3 weeks early, so I had to mow in the snow. If your first snow of the season is 7 feet deep, like in Buffalo, NY right now, you are out of luck. But if you only got a few inches of snow like here, you can still mow the upright grass. You can whisk the grass right out of the snow. There are some very informative viewing angles in this video, if you are interested in the finer points of scything technique. The snow makes a great background for visibility of this scythe blade in action.
<![CDATA[New Story Farm: Green Feed for the Cows]]>Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:30:16 GMThttp://onescytherevolution.com/blog/new-story-farm-green-feed-for-the-cowsPicture
The farmers at New Story Farm called me up, and said they needed a scythe asap, to mow some green feed for their beef cows. Their last pasture was exhausted, and their newly seeded pastures weren't ready to withstand being trampled by the herd yet, but could be mowed. Sounded like fun to me, so I personally delivered their scythe, and showed them how to mow and helped them harvest some green feed.  http://www.newstoryfarm.com/