Carla Coleman wrote:Lovely video, Raven with lots of good information in it. Thank you for sharing it. I've one question about the rhetting (spelling?) - if you soak the flax in a container what do you do with the water when it is done? In the video they said something about an advantage to the dew method is not having to dispose of the water the flax was soaked in . . . you can't just dump it on the ground? Is it harmful to plants, animals or people? I do have a pond on my property but it is spring fed without an outlet so if rhetting the flax turns the water noxious I definitely wouldn't want to use the pond.
I don't water ret because of the toxins it produces. It's a strong anaerobic (air-hateing) process. Like making compost tea, but without aeration. The wastewater from retting kills my grass when diluted 10:1. I also don't like it because it's so fussy. It takes a lot of human attention. It needs to be checked several times a day for doneness and if you miss it by a few hours, you can lose a lot of fibre quality.
Whereas dew retting may take longer, but it takes far less human time. If you forget it for a few days, it will forgive you. The fibres will probably just get better (as I always bring mine in a few days too soon).
S Smithsson wrote:I loved that video! And now have Many questions about that LUNCH! Recipe? where did you get those cool wrappers?
Betsy Carraway wrote:Wow, that answered a lot of questions for me; thank you for this labor of love!! It obviously took a great deal of both...
Two things I am wondering: one, how would one construct a brake/break ? It was not possible to see its makeup exactly, within the jaws of the tool; were those two dowels with one between?
The other thing I am wondering is, how did Medieval peoples do the pectin-removing step, absent of Borax...did they use urine/urea, or something else more readily available; or did they maybe just make stiff finished items that would soften up eventually over long use?
Thanks so much for this very important information!! So much enlightenment for me; i.e., that the roots are left attached!!
Hannah Johnson wrote:No way, I was just trying to research flax and linen processes in the last couple days, and lo! behold, Permies boosts this thread in its dailyish.