lurine at softcom.net
Fri Feb 29 15:11:06 EST 2008
It originally appeared in Organic Gardening but that issue doesn't appear to
be online. Here's part of it for you, Tom and his list of things a tool
should and shouldn't be:
"The Marugg grass scythe proves itself an excellent tool. It is the most
satisfying hand tool that I have ever used. In tough grass it cuts a little
less uniformly than the power scythe. In all other ways, in my opinion, it
is a better tool because, it is light, it handles gracefully & comfortably
even on steep ground, it is far less dangerous, it is quiet & makes no
fumes, it is much more adaptable. In rank growth one narrows the cut &
shortens the stroke. It always starts - provided the user will start. Aside
from reasonable skill & care in use, there are no maintenance problems. It
requires no fuel or oil. It runs on breakfast. It's cheaper to buy than most
weed eaters & is cheaper to use than any other power mower. And best of all
it's good exercise."
1. The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
3. It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it
4. It should use less energy than the one it replaces.
5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the
6. It should be repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided
that he or she has the necessary tools.
7. It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.
8. It should come from a small, privately owned shop or store that will take
it back for maintenance and repair.
9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and
this includes family and community relationships.
----- Original Message -----
From: "tom" <tom at honeychrome.com>
> There is a classic Wendell Berry essay called The Good Scythe.
> Thought maybe I could find it somewhere on the net, but no luck.
> Well worth finding and reading (as is just about everything Wendell
> Berry has written).
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