Shetland Museum Tangwick Haa Unst Boat Museum
Below are some images of cubbie replicas by Alisdair Davidson. Alisdair explained that in Orkney cubbies could be used for carrying, or containing, anything but in the past were often used to keep food, and other items off the floor, …Continue reading “Gallery of Cubbies”
Orkney straw basketry tools held in Leith Customs House, Edinburgh. These include a straw-winder or check reel, a straw rope twister, tools for splitting straw, samples of prepared RYE straw from Sandwick, and horn needles for sewing the straw.
The National Museum of Scotland has in its archives the remains of a basket which was found preserved in a bog in Eshaness in Shetland. It has been dated as being around 1500yrs old and is thought to be …Continue reading “The Oldest Basket In Scotland”
Oats were the staple grain in the Shetland Islands prior to the 20th Century and as in all rural communities at that time their use was completely sustainable, nothing was wasted. The threshed grain used for porridge, flour and animal …Continue reading “Use of Oat Straw in Shetland”
Kishie maker Ewen Balfour explains here what needs to be done each month to grow and gather materials as well as make the kishies January – Kishie making February – Winnowing previously saved seed either mechanically or outside on a …Continue reading “The Kishie Maker’s Year”
Some images of cuddies from Shetland