Monday, 12 September 2016

Items on display in the Windmill museum

Sickle as can be seen at the windmill museum, is an ancient tool used to cut wheat and barley , dates back to the Roman times.. Because of the short handle the farmer would have to work in a stooped position, a strong back necessary for this job. A sickle was slow and low cost farm tool used all over the world to cut corn. The farmer would hold a sheaf of corn in one hand and cut using the sickle in the other hand cutting towards themselves. the sickle blade needed constant sharpening, using a sharpening stone, payment would depend on how much one could cut in the day. It was said that it would take 3 men a full day to cut an Irish acre of corn using a sickle

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