For the last couple of years we have run a scything workshop with tutor Steve Tomlin and for 2017 we are hosting two courses run by YDMT as part of their Stories in Stone Programme
Tutor Steve Tomlin has over 10 years of mowing experience and has been teaching for the past 6 years.Courses are very popular with those who wish to learn this satisfying skill as a peaceful alternative to the noisy strimmer. The scythe will cut weeds, brambles, rushes, small scrub and grass and works in small spaces, around trees and on slopes. Mowing is a gentle non-impact exercise suitable for all ages.
We held excellent scything workshops in 2015 and 2016 as part of the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust Flowers of the Dales Festival where students learnt how to use the Austrian Scythe. They practised in the field behind Broadrake beneath the slopes of Whernside with views of Ingleborough & Ribblehead Viaduct.
The 2015 course was made a bit more interesting by the helicopter airlift of stone flags from the adjacent field tohalfway up the hill ready for footpath repair work on the Three Peaks route.
Steve also teaches wooden spoon making as well as carved fan birds and we hope to have him here for green woodworking courses once undercover working areas have been renovated within an old traditional barn.He also undertakes individual commissions so please visit his website - www.stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com