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How To Use A Scythe

Here is a video of me showing folks how to use a scythe to cut grass around my solar panels.  A scythe is a simple tool from a time long ago.  It is mainly used to cut grasses and create hay and fodder for animals.  In my case I use it to keep up the field around my solar panels so that they don’t become too shaded and then not produce enough power for me.

A few tips on using a scythe:

  • Keep the blade sharp and know that you’ll be sharpening it often as you cut
  • Since you’ll be sharpening along the way, keep a wet stone with you.  I use one on my belt
  • Get ready for a work out because it’s hard work!

Why use a scythe:

  • It’s good exercise
  • It can help cut grasses without the use of fossil fuels
  • It is much more quiet that a lawn mower
  • I find it meditative work
  • Its cheaper in the long run

The basic movement when using a scythe:

Adjust the handles so your wrists are comfortable and you hands have a good grip with no strain.  Allow you arms to slack and let the scythe natural fall into place in your hands.  Take a wide stance with one foot in front of the other.  The rotate at the hips back and forth for cutting.

The Tiny Life Introduces Tiny House Quick Clips

In the last two months The Tiny Life has put together a YouTube playlist of essential videos that address hot topics in the tiny house world including comparing tiny houses to RVs, getting permitted with DMV, and even OpEd pieces like why RVIA can be a bad thing for the tiny house world.

Hosted by editor Ryan Mitchell and co-hosted by tiny houser Macy Miller, the quick clips are barely more than 2-3 minutes each and are driven by quality audio as well as key text points. Save one visual video they are all audio recordings culled from the Tiny House Chat podcast.

In the first video Why I’d Rather Live In A Tiny House And Not A RV Mitchell notes perhaps the most obvious reasons people are attracted to tiny houses. Tiny houses look like a house. “It says to you psychologically…it communicates, that it is a home.” And while not all of the points raised in the quick clips will be agreed upon by listeners they are well founded and delivered.

The Tiny Life Quick Clips currently has the following in the playlist:

  • Why I’d Rather Live In A Tiny House And Not A RV
  • Tiny Houses: Minimum Square Footage & Trailers
  • Getting Your Tiny House Permitted With DMV or DOT
  • Designing Tiny Houses For You!
  • Why I Think RVIA Is A Bad Idea For Tiny Houses
  • The Tiny Life – Tiny Houses, Simple Living

To subscribe to The Tiny Life on YouTube for both the Quick Clips and several very valuable, more traditional videos visit The Tiny Life on the YouTube platform and click on the Subscribe button.

Ask The Tiny Life – Q&A Video

I wanted to give something a try, which I haven’t done before, but I think would be a lot of fun.  If you hang out enough on YouTube, you’ll see loads of Q&A videos.

The concept is simple, ask a question by either leaving a comment here or using the hash tag    #askthetinylife on Twitter

Questions can be about almost anything: tiny houses, living life tiny, my life, thoughts on a topic etc.  I will say interesting, amusing and unique questions get brought to the top of the list.

You can use the handy link below to ask right now on Facebook or Twitter


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