How To Use A Scythe: Short Documentary


There’s a reason much of mankind has moved away from traditional methods. Actually, there’s more than one reason. Power tools are convenient… modern agriculture has pushed many off the land and into the city… oil is cheap… and a lot of old skills have been lost.

Yet occasionally you come across some fascinating throwbacks, like the family in this short documentary:

And yes… that is Scythe Girl/Barefoot Axe Girl again. I’m not obsessed. Really. I pinky promise. Please don’t go e-mailing my wife and saying “did you know your husband keeps posting videos of the same gal doing weird homesteady-type stuff?” Seriously, don’t. Because my wife knows where my scythe is and I’m afraid that one night…

Okay, enough of that. My jugular is tingling. I promise I won’t post any more videos of pretty ladies wielding scythes. This week.

Now the real reason I posted this documentary, other than the fact that it’s cool as heck, is that at one point we may really, really wish we knew how to do these traditional tasks once again. Quality tools are getting harder and harder to find. Most of the gardening junk in your local hardware store bears about as much resemblance to traditional well-made tools as a Tonka truck bears to an F-150. And even if we’re lucky and find solid stuff to work with… do we know how to work with it?

If the power went off, could you hay a field? Dig a garden? Cut off your husband’s head with a scythe?

Better learn to “live lightly” now, just in case. At the very worst, you’ll be getting exercise. At the best, you’ll be way ahead of the game.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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2 Responses to “How To Use A Scythe: Short Documentary”

  1. danielbbq Says:

    This is truly inspiring. Remembering the old ways will once again be of use and need.


    • Chet Says:

      Glad you thought so. I thought it was very useful to watch a family using the Scythe. Gives a better sense to the new guy about just how much the tool can do, and why we might want to have a few on hand here soon.


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