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Hand draining in ploughing at Glen Affric Forest
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No: 2855   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1974
Hand draining in ploughing at Glen Affric Forest

Photograph courtesy of Bill Rayner, Tibbermore who has provided the details.

A great view of hand draining as Rura Wladyslaw uses a rutter spade at Fanque Loch, Beinn-nan-Sparra, Glen Affric. Rura was a member of the Cannich squad, who usually worked with Ian Fraser from Aigas, on the chainsaws. Affric was only just starting its thinning/felling at this time. If Ian wasn’t about he would work with the Cannich squad. Rura liked “BIG” drains and turves! Here he has obviously initially cut through the large plough ribbons of peat and cleared a route for cutting the drain and having cut both sides is now levering out the large peat turfs using the side cutting rutter as a cross cutting spade. Note the drain drag, howk or hack stuck in the peat beside him.

Picture added on 02 February 2015
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We used to use the rutter in North Wales in the late 50's early 60's the tool we used to remove the clumps of peat was called a gaff.

Added by Bill Jones on 31 October 2016.
I am trying to find a RUTTER and HACK for use in Strathlachlan. Can anyone help ?

Added by J.A. HISLOP on 22 November 2017.
I suggest that if you wish to borrow the tools you could try the Forestry Commission office at Glenbranter. They might have some at the back of the store and loan them out. Younger staff will possibly not be familiar with them.

Added by Norman Davidson on 25 November 2017.
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