The oldest trade around here was scutching flax. They used to prepare the place first. They used to sow the flax like corn. When it was ripe it was cut with a hook then the people bound it into small sheaves. It was flung into some water and left there for nine days. It was taken out of the water and dried. The flax was brought into the house and left on the table. The seed was knocked off with a beetle and the seed was left up for next year. The flax was ready for spinning. Every woman had a small spinning wheel. They used to make beautiful linens.