Peeling timber circa 1950s
Photographs courtesy of Abbie Gordon, Banchory.
Hand peeling Scots pine poles with one end of the pole sitting on a three legged trestle made for the job. The extra height saved bending the back too much and the slope may have helped with the forward strokes. When the sap was rising in the spring the bark peeled off very easily but at other times of the year more difficult and when the timber had dried in the sun almost impossible!
The peeling spade had a straight shaft and T handle with a small 5 inch sharpish blade on the end.
Fencing material and other timber products which were to be treated with preservative (creosote) required to have bark removed. This material looks too long for fencing but Abbie seems to remember that material going for ‘wood wool’ had to be peeled. Wood wool was timber shredded in long thin very thin strips like flat spaghetti which naturally curled and bent and was extensively used as packing material at one time.
The location and name of man peeling is unknown.
Picture added on 30 January 2011