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The Big Book of the Scythe – a brief outline

The Big Book of the Scythe is a four-part project, the purpose of which is to provide comprehensive coverage of the subject as a service to scythe users worldwide. With the exception of Part 1, the whole is intended to be expanded upon and refined in a format that allows multiple contributors, thus allowing scythe wisdom from various corners of the globe to be gathered together under one convenient yet diversified cover. As it is presently with Part 1, the combined material will be freely available for viewing online, and can be downloaded at no charge.

The ultimate intent of the “Big Book” is to help instigate a “Scythe Revolution” wider in scope and with longer lasting effects than the French/Russian/etc., equivalents, except this one can be accomplished without spilling blood! How is THAT for a promising proposition?

 

Part 1 consists of user guidelines oriented toward strictly practical ends, and thus contains minimal scythe-related lore and history. It does, however, contain various technical details beyond the interest of the average scythe user, and thus the general readership may be relieved to hear that a shortened version is also being prepared, and should not lag too far behind this one regarding its availability. Part 1 was written by Peter Vido and family, with help (critical feedback, editorial and formatting assistance, etc.) from Charles Hays, Marshall Roberts and Sy Schotz.  Download Part 1 here: 

Part 1 Version 1.0


The focus of Part 2 is still primarily pragmatic, but offers more detailed coverage of the various subtopics of Part 1. We envision this to become the collective work of a multicultural nature, by which we mean that anyone competent to present valuable material on certain specific aspects of scythe use can write a brief proposal to the editorial team and, upon agreement, follow with a ready-to-post segment. Contributions in other languages are welcome as long as volunteers are found to translate the text into English for editors’ consideration. Likewise, any section of the combined material may be translated into other languages and posted here, or – with prior agreement – on any other service-oriented website in the respective language.
Though we do not want to clutter Part 2 with too many multiples on the very same sub-topic, we consider a certain amount of ‘overlap’ a healthy approach. After all, practically every aspect of the basics communicated in Part 1 can have numerous nuances and alternative approaches added, and they rarely rest under the hat of any one person, however experienced. We want to encourage such a process to unfold.


Part 3
 will highlight various accounts of the so-called ‘scythe renaissance’ from around the world. Such stories are becoming more numerous from year to year, whether it is a revival of interest within the traditional scythe-using regions or entirely new introductions such as those in several African countries, in Nepal and Costa Rica and most notably in India. There are surely many more of which we are unaware, but calls for help in this regard appear to be on the increase. Thus Part 3 is to become a forum in which both successes and failures can be shared, enabling individuals and outreach groups to learn from what has worked as well as from the mistakes.
In addition Part 3 is to feature an international directory of related events.
Click here for the beginnings of Part 3.

 

Part 4 will honour the centuries-old relationship of humankind with this tool as expressed in song, poetry and prose, painting and sculpture.

 

-May 1, 2018