The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains, with Hand Tools
IN AN AGE when most wonder how they can accomplish anything without the aid of electricity or gasoline, The Scythe Book shows how a traditional hand tool can often outperform "modern" technology. For the gardener, farmer or homeowner, a scythe, a good scythe, is an efficient and enjoyable tool for cutting grasses and weeds, and for harvesting small grains. In this book David Tresemer presents the results of years of research and practical experience so that the reader may also learn to use and enjoy the scythe.
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