I used to go the Skansen Outdoor museum every August to process my harvest from my experimental flax patch since I didn’t have any tools. The past few years I have managed to get hold of flax processing tools of my own. In this summer series of short blog posts I will present my flax processing tools. Previous presentations have been about my hackles, flax break and scutching knives. Today I present a scutching board.
After breaking the cellulose core you need to separate it from the spinnable fibers. You do this with the scutching knife agains a scutching board. I did accidentally get a couple of scutching knives when I visited a yard sale at a weaving guild back in March, and I figured I would use them against the back of a chair or the flax break. I would figure something out. After all, I started out scutching with a spatula against a wooden flower bin, so I was already in a better place scutch wise.
In June I got an ad about a garage sale. Craft Stockholm was moving their storage and needed to get rid of a lot of stuff to fit in the new location. They had lots of crafting tools and materials and the sale was only across the bridge from me, less than three kilometers. This was too good to be true! And indeed it was – I was at Sätergläntan teaching when the sale took place, 250 kilometers away.
I had marked Facebook event out of curiosity. On the day of the sale lots of pictures were posted on the event page. One of the pictures presented a simple scutching board from 1979. I sent a message to one of the organizers, a friend of mine who lived close to the sale venue. I said I was interested but that I wouldn’t be back in Stockholm for a few days and. She replied that she would take care of it and that the board was $10.
When I had returned home after the course I took a walk across the bridge, chatted a bit with Maria who had helped me and walked back with the scutching board over my shoulder. It was very petite and perfect for my little collection of flax processing tools.
Older flax posts
You can read earlier flax related posts here:
- Harvest day in the experimental flax patch
- Spinning flax on a spindle, with video
- Flax processing, with video
- Flax retting
- Flax Day
- Flax timeline
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