Spinning Flax (1940-1949)


British Instructional Films presentation.

 

Man holds a bunch of flax out towards the camera. Two men work with large bundles of flax, separating it into smaller bunches. Man lifts large bundles onto a barrow. The fibres are combed by a large mechanical machine. A fairly young boy (13 or 14?) puts flax into the mechanism. The machine combs out the fibres. Boy sits at the machine pulling out sections of the flax. Flax is moved along by pulleys. Bundles of flax are stacked. It is spread out and “drawn to length” by two women workers. The flax travels on a conveyor belt into a machine where it is passed under rollers. The flat flax emerges from the other end into a barrel. The flax is then pulled upwards out of the barrels and passed through another machine. More processes. “The slivers are roved.” A woman tends to a part of the process – lots of threads of flax come off a machine. Shot of the flax being wound on to bobbins. *”The rove is spun into yarn” – the flax emerges slowly from a machine where it appears to be heated. Flax wound onto bobbins. The wet yarn is reeled to hanks. Women work by a large revolving drum. C/U of woman attaching threads to the drum and adding new bobbins when the threads run out. The hanks are dried and bundled – hanks are threaded on to a pole and placed on drying racks. Bundles of flax are stacked in piles.

 

*Note: there is a print marked “C. Copy” which runs from asterisk to end. End title reads; “Produced with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education” but other than this seems exactly the same.

 

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FILM ID:2883.03

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