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Breaking is the process of removing the bark from the fibre which sits just under the bark. This can be done in many ways and we have made tooling for this. Basically, the bark needs to be cracked so that it breaks away from the fibre.

We use a roller break which we have made to do the larger amounts we need but we also have, and teach with, a small hand block which we have designed to do breaking, scutching and the first hackling run through.

We have what we call a Farm Factory Unit too which is great for a small holder.

Once most of the bark or 'shive' as it's also known is removed by breaking we go on to the next stage - scutching.



















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