School: Drumshanbo (C.) (roll number 12873)

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Margaret Flynn

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Old Crafts - Churn-Making

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0207, Page 060

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There are coopers in this locality who make churns and tubs. The churns are made as follows. The cooper buys oak and he splits it into blocks which is called clifting. Then he saws the timber into lengths.
Then the cooper dresses the timber with a machine called a "greymare."
He places the staves into iron hooks which are called tress hooks. Then he lights a fire and the churn is placed beside it so as to make the timber soft to put the churn into right shape. Then the hoops are put on and each one of them is tightened so that the churn will not leak.
The bottom of the churn is put in and the lid made and then the churn is completed.

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John Kane
Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim