This class will delve into the world of hand tools that have been used for hundreds of years for making hay. We will go over proper sharpening of the Austrian style scythe including peening with a hammer and anvil, and honing with a wet stone. We will look at technique for scything and students will get a chance to try out the scythe. Once we have cut the grass, we will go over the process for drying and storing it to achieve the highest quality hay. We will also talk about the community aspect of scything and haymaking and look at examples from around the world. Please bring a scythe if you have one.