July-August 2022 hosted by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). (left to right): Amelie Sumpter (RSPB), Sam Brown (FL | read more
I was especially interested in the ethnographic display in the museum which included some flax heckling boards. I have been working on an 18th century flax mill near Glasgow and so it was great to see how the hand heckling technique worked. One handle was for the foot and the other for one hand. The flax was then thrashed against the heckling spikes to straighten the flax fibres ready for spinning. This technique would have been used in Scotland prior to the construction of water mills. Apparently there were a couple of water mills in Lišov in the 19th century, but they have been demolished. Corn mills were often used for other purposes such as flax mills and saw mills. Flax was grown in this area in the past and according to Jacob there are old flax soaking ponds in the area.
SPAIN: Course Woodworking tradition & innovation in Galicia
Woodworking & forest management: tradition and innovation in Galicia. Update March 2022: we are talking with our hosts to determine new dates for this course. Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2022. As soon as we have course dates and communicated with the 2020 group we will post any availability for the course. As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2022 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations. Hosts: XERA Agency for Forest Based Industries Galicia Course Dates: tbc Application Deadline: tbc Preparation Meeting Dates: tbc Aims & Themes: exploring traditional woodworking alongside forest management: innovation, enterprise and strategy in Galicia Galicia is a diverse region of North West Spain with a rugged coastline, the famous wine region of Riberia Sacra, and Atlantic forests of oak, chestnut and beech. Pine and eucalyptus are grown widely for timber. It is perhaps best known for the pilgrim route of St James which leads to the UNESCO world heritage city of Santiago de Compostela and numerous monasteries. The exact […]