Bean scourge

The bean plague

Yves Guéguen, a native of Leon, brings me a plague to beat the beans. Usually the plunder have a wooden flap. Here the flap is a large iron rod 50 cm long. Usually the handle and the flap are connected by a very solid beef nerve. The scourge of my Read more…

The tooth sickle

A friend of mine just bought a Penn-ti in Morgat. He brings me a toothsickle. Here is what surprises me because I have so far known only sickles with blades. My friend informs me about the use of this tool. According to the Penn-TI salesman, he was used to uproot Read more…

The flax industry

On September 22, 1985 we founded the Museum of Old trades. The statutes were written and we made a list of the trades that we were going to discuss. In this list, the flax industry. I was born in Bodilis in 1930 and remember to have witnessed a ginning of Read more…

The device to make the hosts

They are the ancestors of Madame CARIOU, sacristans at Plozévet who made the hosts for religious ceremonies. Personally, I remember that in Bodilis it was Pierre who was working. To do this, he opened doors and windows which made that the whole town was impregnated with the odor of cooking Read more…

Le paneton

The paneton is also made with rye straw, but this time the seam links are hazel bars. Various other manufactures are exhibited at the museum. The best baskets of straw and bramble are able to make hats, jewellery boxes, slippers of straws (boutou plous)

Rye

As everyone knows, rye is a grass grown like a cereal. My father told me that until the end of the 19th century, this plant was grown to make bread. Seed yield is low: from 15 to 20 quintals per hectare. What is remarkable in this cereal is the length Read more…

The Honey Press

At the beginning of the years 2000, I received a phone call from a person from Plounéour-Ménez. She announces that she has an old wine press… to honey that she wants to sell. I go to this locality, accompanied by Daniel TROCHU. The saleswoman presents the press. It states that Read more…

Blutoir from Périgord

My brother Yves returns from hollidays in the Périgord. He spotted a blutoir in a very good state. The downside is transportation. It only has a small pickup truck. The Blutoir only enters inside. And again, part of the object protrudes at the back, the two doors to remain open. Read more…

Mechanical piano

The mechanical piano

Someone from Landrévarzec me phone and offers me a free mechanical piano. It was used to make young people dance in a village café. We’ll get him. Hervé HICHER treats him against worms. It no longer works because the hammer threads are rotten and the wood is crooked in many Read more…