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Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Scythe Must Dance
It's a beautiful thing when an ancient hand tool can keep up with its motorized counterpart, and even do things a mower can't. At least not my wimpy electric push-mower. The scythe easily deals with a four-foot tall stand of wild oats which I would have hated to try to mow! Tall stuff is actually easier to cut than short stuff.....and moreover, it cuts easier still if it's wet or dewy---again the exact opposite of any powered mower!
Like any hand tool, practice makes perfect, and a significant amount of time is spent sharpening the tool. I'm still a novice compared to some of the videos one can find. And it is exercise, but a rhythmic aerobic exercise that is more comparable to dancing than any other physical activity I can compare it to.