School: Maoláin (roll number 6704)

Mullaun, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Brádaigh

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Old Crafts - Churn-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0198, Page 253

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Churn making: The churn making industry has almost died out owing to vast numbers of creameries throughout the county. The man who made barrells and churns was called a cooper. His tools consisted of spoke-shave, cooper's adze, draw knife, large please about three feet long called a jointer or tying plane a sow and a hatchet. Before putting the wood of the barrell or churn together he mad e a fire of shavings and placed the staves in hoops made for the purpose of putting staves into shape. When he had all the staves of a round shape he joined them together and put a light steel hoops on them and so formed the churn or barrell. This man also made vessels of wood - "raggins"

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Mary B. Travers
Briscloonagh, Co. Leitrim