Wednesday 4 January 2012

267. Bark boiler

This unusual looking feature is a rare thing, certainly the last of its kind in the village and probably one of very few remaining in existence.

I'm reliably informed (thanks Richard) that it's a bark boiler.  Organic products, such as cotton nets and sisal ropes would have been dipped into it to protect them.  The bark was a derivative of the acacia tree and was brought in from India.

Fascinating stuff.  I've tried to find out more through the power of Google, but have so far drawn a blank.

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