We are still in prototype/testing mode.
The rippling machine has two combs following an elliptical path to strip the seed bolls from the flax stems. Seed bolls are collected for further processing.
Price: 18,160 +hst
Stage 1: Rippling
Removing the seed boll from the flax stem.
Stage 2: Breaking
The first step in separating the fibre from the straw. The outer woody stem is crushed and bent in preparation for scutching.
Stage 3: Scutching
The broken and crushed woody “shive” is separated from the fibre.
Stage 4: Hackling
The fibre is combed smooth and straight while the shorter and lower quality fibre (tow) is separated.
Stage 5: Intersecting
The fibre is drawn out into a continuous ribbon called a “sliver.”
Stage 6: Spinning
The sliver is further drawn out and twisted into a yarn.