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If you are interested in traditional harvesting – using scythes - then this course will be useful. If your interest is academic you can explore how wheat and rye was harvested in the past in Hungary. If you reap your own grain – or intend to in the future – this course will show you how it has been successfully done for generations of Hungarians.
Learn How to Harvest Grain with a Scythe
Traditional Harvesting Techniques via Modern Online Teaching
This is a mix of my own analytical skills with the experience of my father growing up in eastern Hungary where using a scythe was a normal life skill. I break down the topics into teachable units and he shows how it is done. Reaping is filmed on location in Hungary with help from family, friends, and the local Kertbarátkör.
The course includes both PowerPoint teaching segments and video demonstrations of the techniques and an actual harvest.
There are four sections (Introduction, The Scythe, The Harvest, The Wrap-up) with over 15 lectures plus quizzes.
This course is also available in Hungarian.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|Who your tutors are, what their expertise is and what will be covered in the course.|
|Some background on Gabor Varga who is providing the information on using a scythe and organizing a harvest with one.|
The crop, the gear, and the people you will need to harvest grain by hand.
Checking the overview
|Section 2: The Scythe|
|A scythe is normally stripped down to a handle and blade when not in use. This video shows how to assemble it back again using a collar with either a wedge or bolts.|
|Without a cradle on your scythe it is useless for harvesting grain. This lecture explains what it is and how to make one (or two or three).|
|This shows how to get the angle of the blade and handle right after you have assembled your scythe (or if the settings slip).|
How to sharpen your scythe blade using a hammer and anvil by both theory and demonstration.
|As your scythe is used (or after sharpening with a hammer and anvil) you have to hone it with a stone. This lecture shows how to do this without making your scythe blunter.|
Sharpening the Scythe
|How to carry your scythe and how to use it to cut. This lecture looks at common errors to avoid.|
|Section 3: The Harvest|
|An overview on how the various tasks are shared for harvesting.|
|Once cut, sheaves need to be bound. This shows how to make “ropes” from the stalks from the harvest itself.|
|How to begin the cutting and the wall.|
|This explains in detail the work of the people gathering the cut grain and tying it into sheaves.|
|This looks at why you need to stack the sheaves and how to build a “kereszt” to fulfil this requirement.|
|Section 4: The Wrap-up|
A quick summary.
A list of people that made this video possible.
|Section 5: Bonus Section|
|Lecture 17||1 page|
A few Hungarian harvest folksongs.
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