Thursday, July 5, 2012

Take-apart Travel Snath

Alexander Vido (of ScytheWorks) designed this compact snath for his recent travels to Nepal.

The two halves of the one-grip snath are coupled by a piece of 1-1/4" copper pipe, with a bolt holding each half in place.  Attached to the removeable grip is a hanger bolt which passes through both halves of the snath (note the diagonal joint) and secures the grip to the pipe. 


The grip can be attached to any of the three holes, making the snath adjustable to the user's height; and the orientation of the grip can be changed to make it suitable for right-handed and left-handed users (with the appropriate blade, of course).

In the photo below, Alexander demonstrates the use of this scythe to cut wheat, using a grain cradle that he also designed.  (More about this cradle in a future post.) 

Additional information about the Scythe Project in Nepal (SPIN) can be found here.  
An excellent video showing this scythe being demonstrated in Nepal can be found here.  

Kudos to Alexander for imagining, planning, and implementing this worthwhile project!

[All photos by Alexander Vido]