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Flax Process - Christian demonstrates the scutching wheel, a high-tech version of the single, hand-held scutching knife invented in Scotland in the mid-eighteenth century. Its eight blades are put into a revolving wheel powered with a foot treadle. Such wheels were typically owned by professional flax dressers who, like modern combine operators in the Mid West, went farm to farm processing flax for a fee. http://flaxforsale.com/html/flax_process.html

Flax Process - Christian demonstrates the scutching wheel, a high-tech version of the single, hand-held scutching knife invented in Scotland in the mid-eighteenth century. Its eight blades are put into a revolving wheel powered with a foot treadle. Such wheels were typically owned by professional flax dressers who, like modern combine operators in the Mid West, went farm to farm processing flax for a fee. http://flaxforsale.com/html/flax_process.html

Peigne à lin (sert à récupérer les graines). Flax ripple

Peigne à lin (sert à récupérer les graines). Flax ripple

Flachsbreche von Henriette Schäfer (Landschaftsmuseum Westerwald)

Flachsbreche von Henriette Schäfer (Landschaftsmuseum Westerwald)

Flax to linen experiment - breaking, scutching, and combing

Flax to linen experiment - breaking, scutching, and combing (The Inconsequential Blogger)

Flax to linen experiment - breaking, scutching, and combing

Fiber Heckle - Old methods of processing hemp/flax in Romania.

Fiber Heckle - Old methods of processing hemp/flax in Romania.

Flax Process

Flax Process

A scutching board and knife are used to smooth the flax.

Colonial Williamsburg journal, a popular history magazine about historic Williamsburg its people.

Harvested flax bundles  Toutes les étapes avant de filer le lin... j'adorerais !!!

Harvested flax bundle - Proverbs She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Italien, Trentino, die Trauben von Flachs Trocknen auf Veranda, Nahaufnahme

Italien, Trentino, die Trauben von Flachs Trocknen auf Veranda, Nahaufnahme

Spinning is so punk--spinning thread on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, © Geoff Miller Photo

awesome real life photo of a punk spinner you are a woolly goddess my friend spinning thread on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, © Geoff Miller Photo

Flax harvest

Flax harvest

tape loom - Google Search

Here is the most common form of a antique tape loom you will see for sale. A simple country piece, this was gripped between the knees and .

Hand breaker on flax. Retting flax is a delicate business, she tells me. Too short a time in the field is no issue, as it can be put out again, but too long in the field can mean brittle fiber which cannot be reversed. Timing is everything and we keep a close eye on the field.

Hand breaker on flax. Retting flax is a delicate business, she tells me. Too short a time in the field is no issue, as it can be put out again, but too long in the field can mean brittle fiber which cannot be reversed. Timing is everything and we keep a close eye on the field.

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