mardi 20 mars 2007

Hearth update

It took 9 hours of disc cutting, hammering and chiselling to get through the tiny piece of stone I had to remove...then I remembered. Aleu's cottage industry for two centuries was finishing gritstones. The roughly shaped carborundum stones (for sharpening axes, scythes, knifes, etc) where brought here and the women would remove all the sharp edges by rubbing the stones against a certain rock that occurred here (presumably harder than the carborundum!). In fact there are few places on the river bank where you can see where they did this for many years and the rock has dished grooves in it. I think I found where this rock came from - my hearth!

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