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scutching

[′skəch·iŋ]
(textiles)
The breaking up and separating of the woody portions of flax stems from the retted fiber by means of rollers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scutching

A method of finely dressing stone with a hammer, the head of which is composed of a bundle of steel points.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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hemp green scutching followed by water retting) and dew retting of flax.
(10) The oblong bone and antler artefacts found from the cultural layer of the Late Bronze Age fortified settlement of Asva, interpreted as combs for scutching the flax, were formerly considered as the oldest sign of flax cultivation in the Estonian area (Jaanits et al.
The fibers are once again dried before being sent to a scutching machine which removes any extraneous plant parts and breaks up the fibers.
As in the Third Woman's case, her first excuse refers to an activity (spreading out fleeces or scutching flax) which needs to take place elsewhere, and her second excuse refers to a difficulty arising in the Akropolis.
Drawing on the newspapers, journals, and reports of the textile workers' union and the main textile trust, as well as on his own impressive knowledge of cotton manufacturing technology, Ward walks the reader through the scutching, flying-frame, and ring-frame rooms, the self-actor halls and the weaving sheds of the mills.
In traditional hemp processing the long fibers are fractionated from the internal woody hurds in two steps, breaking (stalks are crushed, in more recent times using rollers that break the woody core into short pieces) and scutching (the remaining hurds, short fibers ("tow") and long fibers ("line fiber," "long-line fiber") are separated).
A later step is called "scutching." I don't know how to translate that word.
Taking the dry but fully-retted stalks to useable fiber requires three steps: braking, scutching and hackling.
Museum volunteers showed visitors how to "brake" the retted flax stalks, as well as the subsequent "scutching" and "hackling" of the plant material to yield the best fibers for spinning.
Cuddy contracts manager David Scutchings said: "It's taken eight people six months to prepare for the explosive demolition.
Gary Scutchings, 54, threatened to post topless pictures of the North Wales teenager in her home area if she didn't meet him.