Learn the elegant practice of scything

Learn the elegant practice of scything


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Bookings closed


Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA, 01267

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Do you enjoy time in the yard in quiet summer days, feeling the earth, getting exercise, listening to the songbirds? Were you just a little overwhelmed by the height of grasses and forbs after No-mow May?

An American scythe (workshop will use European model)

Under our Working Lands/Working Hands series, we offer a hands-on workshop in this living tradition of meadow and field stewardship. Join Shelby and Steve Howland at Sheep Hill to learn the art of emissions-free grassland management. In this workshop, the founder and owner of Howland Tools, will teach us about scythe anatomy, adjustment, and caring for the tool. Participants will practice this ancient art and practical tool for management. Bring your own scythe, pre-order a new one from Howland Tools, or practice on their demonstration tools. 

Eight years ago, when Shelby moved to Plainfield to farm, he explored alternatives for clearing land and caring for meadows, fields and pasture on the steep, rocky land. He liked the feel of scything and the quiet, and the efficiency — no need for fuel. He liked having the freedom to choose when and how he wanted to mow. He found a home in the craft-made high-quality hand tools used in Europe. Howland Tools now provides what we need to scythe well. 

Find out if scything is for you. Due to the nature of tool (sharp!), we offer this workshop to community members over 18 years old. Please register here.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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