Tools and equipment; textiles; flax
Known as a hetchel, hackle, or comb, this gruesome looking object was a critical tool used by early Americans in making linen cloth from flax plants. Each of the spikes, called "pins" were handmade specifically for this type of tool.
Gift of Viola A Cooledge
Curated by Eric Bushey
Ludlow, VT, USA
“Flax hetchel,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/567.