Scutching board

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.

A simple scutching board.
A simple scutching board.

Craft sale

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.

The scutching board was made by P P-son (probably Persson or Pettersson) in 1979.
The scutching board was made by P P-son (probably Persson or Pettersson) in 1979.

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:

You can find me in several social media:

  • This blog is my main channel. This is where I write posts about spinning, but also where I explain a bit more about videos I release. Sometimes I make videos that are on the blog only. Subscribe or make an rss feed to be sure not to miss any posts.
  • My youtube channel is where I release a lot of my videos. Subscribe to be sure not to miss anything!
  • I have a facebook page where I link to all my blog posts, you are welcome to follow me there.
  • I run an online spinning school, welcome to join a course! You can also check out my course page for courses in Sweden.
  • On Patreon you can get early access to new videos and other Patreon only benefits. The contributions from my patrons is an important way to cover the costs, time and energy I put into the videos and blog posts I create. Shooting and editing a 3 minute video takes about 5 hours. Writing a blog post around 3. You can read more about my Patreon page here.
  • Follow me on Instagram.  I announce new blog posts, share images from behind the scenes and post lots of woolliness.
  • In all the social media I offer, you are more than welcome to contact me. Interacting with you helps me make better content. My private Facebook page, however, will remain private.
  • I support Centro de textiles tradicionales del Cusco, a group of talented textile artists in Cusco, Peru who dedicate their work to the empowerment of weavers through the revitalization and sustainable practice of Peruvian ancestral textiles in the Cusco region. Please consider supporting their work by donating to their causes.
Liked it? Take a second to support Josefin Waltin on Patreon!

One Reply to “Scutching board”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.