I suspected that, but not knowing how old or where your are from...
I was lucky, we had a decent shop class in high school. Both wood and
metal, wish I had put more effort into the metal classes.
Nothing in school that would explain how to use a scythe though.
Don't let me woo you, it is work, plain and simple. Wear some decent
gloves or you'll most like get blisters to prove it :) Light cotton
gloves with the rubber facing work pretty good. Give a decent grip and
don't become unbearable during a hot day. I much prefer the sound of
swish, swish, swish rather than the annoying BRAAAAAAP from a
weed-whacker. I have one, but I don't like using it. For tall weeds and
briers I kinda feel that the scythe works better anyway. The downside
is that you end up with a lot of long debris, stalks laying around. For
me this isn't really a problem though and no different than
Read, study the part of the book that explains adjusting the handles to
your body. Getting them in approximately the right place to begin with
is a big help. Work with it that way for awhile before making any major
changes. I prefer having both handles on the same side, pointing
towards me. My Dad had one forward and one back. If he was still around
I would ask him why, but I suspect he just started using a scythe with
them positioned that way and just got used to it.
I just checked out that link. What a great German web site! I was
browsing their course offerings and they only had twenty or thirty I
am interested in. I was also interested in their $1000 chisel sets,
but I managed to keep my credit card in my wallet. ;)
How about the end of a holder for 20 six-pence coins?
It would be like a roll of 20 nickels, amounting to a convenient 10
shillings or 1/2 pound. The diameter of 2138 is 22mm, while the
diameter of a 6 pence was 19mm. The only other coin small enough was
the 3 pence, at 16mm.
The spring would have left the stack loose with 19, made it snug with
20, and not allowed 21. That way, anyone who handled the holder would
know it contained 20.
Perhaps coins were transferred in a holder from one till to another, or
perhaps they were slid into paper rolls.
US Patents 245 912 (1881), 293 033 (1884), and 366 075 (1887) are for
split-cylinder boxes to hold a certain number of coins. A spring-loaded
button like 2138 at the end of one of these boxes would make it quick
and easy to fill such a box by feel. Presumably the button would be
removable in case lint or grit had to be cleaned out.
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