Musings of an Apprentice Mower

Posted By on June 16, 2011


12 Responses to “Musings of an Apprentice Mower”

  1. Cyberstud says:


    Great video, and do I miss those accents.

    They put me to shame scything, I was never that good as a kid.



  2. Randy says:

    Let’s just say that I will NOT be competing against these guys this year.

  3. Laurie says:


    I enjoyed the post! I would use my father’s scythe when I was a young boy. Then, last summer, I had the opportunity to mow again with the scythe, while visiting a friend’s place. Excellent exercise! Whew! Let’s just say, I wouldn’t want to do it for a living…. 🙂

    All the best,

  4. Randy says:

    I played the video for Mrs. LFM who grew up in Bridgewater and speaks flawless English, but still needed me to interpret the lingo for her. I’m thinking a subtitled version for people who didn’t spend their larval years marinating in that accent might be a good idea!

  5. Troy says:

    omg, I can barely understand a word!!! 🙂

  6. Randy says:

    Troy, you grew up in these parts. Why do you need subtitles?

  7. […] The LFM scythe arrives and lies assembled on our kitchen floor where Milo eyes it dubiously. Fear not the blade for it has a guard on it, and everybody’s calm. We love this thing, and you can’t have just one! Its snath length is perfect for the hillside that is our “lawn”. […]

  8. Arthur Weissinger says:

    This is wonderful! I actually can understand the accent. It is VERY different from anything I’ve ever heard, but it is strangely similar to mountain “dialect’ in North Carolina and Virginia. The trick for me to understanding them is, of course, to figure out their pronunciations, but more, the rhythm of their speech. It’s almost a subconscious process to do the translation at that point.

    I was very impressed, also, to watch them mow, and to see how they maintained their tools. If I didn’t miss it, it sounds like they make their own hones from native stone. Is that right? Important when you realize that they spend so much time sharpening as they mow to keep it moving smoothly.

  9. Randy says:

    Thank you Arthur. You are obviously a man of considerable linguistic sensitivity.

    You are correct; the stones they were talking about were harvested at Whetstone Lake which is located about a half hour drive from where Diana and I live. About 20 years ago I led my Scout Troop to that location for the same purpose, and each boy created his own stone for maintaining his field knives. It’s been on my to do list for a while to go back there again.

  10. […] who comes here knows that Mrs. LFM and I use a scythe to mow the part of our yard that we actually want to be able to see over. Since I taught her to use […]

  11. […] Championships, hosted annually at the Ross Farm Living History Museum, last June in my article Musings of an Apprentice Mower. At the time I stated that Mrs. LFM and I would be attending what was then the 8th annual iteration […]

  12. […] you follow us here, you’ll know my love for the scythe. You’ll also know I have an equal appreciation for pretty much any implement with a blade, […]

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