Flax stem cross-section, showing locations of underlying tissues. Ep = epidermis (glossy outer protective layer) ; C = cortex (harder outer layer under the epidermis; BF = bast fibres (bundles of soft, flexible fibers); P = phloem (plant material); X = xylem (plant material); Pi = pith (spongy area that disintegrates when dry and creates a hollow space in center of… Continue reading Seed to Sail: Dressing the flax
12" x 38" overall. Breaking area approx. 26" When I wrote up the plans, I didn't worry about the lumber lengths. When it came time to build it, I reworked the lengths to work with the lumber left over after Bob built a strawberry tower. It worked out nicely because the shorter length is easy… Continue reading Building a Flax Brake
The many, many steps of going from seed to sail with some side jaunts to make equipment along the way.