PLATE 3
This View in the County of Louth representing taking the Flax out of the Bog when it has laid a sufficient time to separate the Rind, (which is the Flax) fom the Stem, and strenghten it, spreading it to dry, stoving, beetling it, and breaking it.
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After the flax was removed from the `lint dam' it had to be dried. Because in Ireland drying in the open was difficult in damp weather, flax was often dried over a hot kiln. There was a risk that too much heat would harden the gum that had previously bound the fibre and the woody stem, thus making the flax difficult to scutch (separate the fibre from the stem). Once dried, the `beets' or sheaves of flax were beaten by a long mallet or put through a flax breaker to fragment the woody stem in preparation for scutching.

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