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antique spinning wheel - hackles for combing / breaking flax

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Learn this skill: convert Flax to Linen. Plant, grow, harvest, ret, break it, comb it, spin it... the whole she-bang. This old-fashioned, out-moded way of producing spun fiber may be invaluable one of these days!

Flax Hackling, Belfast Ireland, 1905. The website for this photo is a treasure trove of information on the history of flax farming, production, spinning and weaving.

FARM: A historical interpreter "breaks" flax, a step in the process of transforming raw flax into fiber that can be used to make thread.

Very Rare Primitive Antique Flax Fibers Wooden Tool COMB HATCHEL 27 "