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