[Sca-cooks] flax processing (was Bread labor)

margaret m.p.decker at att.net
Sun Nov 11 05:15:11 PST 2007

The problem was as I remember it that the neighbors (who were rather old) 
thought he was growing something illegal because the smell of retting flax 
is a bit strong and he was doing it in his mothers back yard in Three 

> Terry Decker wrote:
>> The first laurel in Calontir (I can't remember his name, but Margaret
>> probably does) grew, retted, cleaned, and spun the flax, wove it into 
>> linen,
>> then tailored it into garb, making his own scissors and needles in the
>> process.  One of his neighbors turned him into the cops for manufacturing
>> drugs, IIRC, during the rather smelly retting of the flax.  I believe he
>> documented the project.
>> Bear
> Aye, well if he didn't, surely the police did.  <grin>  The problem is,
> unlike wool, which comes off the sheep in more-or-less usable form, flax
> takes weeks to "rett" or ferment in a pool so everything that's not
> usable fiber drops away.  It can't really be done as a one-day project.
> Maybe starting with pre-retted, dried tows.
> Selene
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