Many people have asked if they can buy The Scythe Book from us. We do not sell it; instead, chapters from The Scythe Must Dance (the "Addendum" we wrote in 2001) are posted below, free for reading and printing.
They are revised, as should be the case from time to time with any instructional text written by anyone who is still learning. Normally this would be accomplished in co-operation with the publisher whenever another printing of the original is made. However, we were not given the opportunity to do so, even though other printings were made since its initial publication, and we have therefore opted to make the improved material accessible free of charge.
Peening the Blade
Honing the Blade
Repairing the Damaged Edge
Principles of Movement
The Blade-Fitting Challenge
Chapters from The Scythe Must Dance by Peter Vido, published in 2001 as an addendum to The Scythe Book by David Tresemer, 1981:
The "Oregon Snath" by Steve Leppold
Other writings, not published in book form, which address their topics in greater detail and with more pictures than was possible in The Scythe Must Dance. The 4-minute video (download it free) is a good introduction to the versatility of the scythe, though it is not intended as an instructional video.
Improving Snath Ergonomics
Basic Scythe Troubleshooting Guide
What in the World is a "Grass" Blade?
Reference Table of Sharpening Methods
Blade Peening with Hammer and Anvil
Mowing with Ease
Biomechanics and Hand Mowing
An Ergonomic Scythe Handle
Making a Snath (scythe handle)
Snath and Blade Fitting
Preparing a New Blade
Snath Design Discussions
The Making of a Scythe Blade
Scythe Blade Hardness Report
Notes on Scythe Abuse
A Letter on Scythe Breaking