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Grain Flail


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Old 04-20-2008, 08:11 AM
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I just bought a flail at an auction, it's tied together with baler twine! Does anyone have a good picture of the proper way to tie the two pieces together? I seem to remember that the one I saw used at a show was tied together with raw hide.
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:18 PM
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We have a "swingle flail" hanging on the wall in our garage. I believe the short end is attached to the long end with 2 loops of leather, one through a hole in the end of each piece, and then hooked together like 2 links of a chain.

Here is a picture of a flail on the back of my 1899 Huber steam engine catalog. It looks like the one in this picture has metal caps on each of the wood pieces, and some kind of chain linkage between the two pieces...
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A couple of pictures of my flail. The second one shows the part currently tied together with baler twine. I assume I should replace the twine with rawhide.
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Leonard,
I got your message... are you having trouble seeing the picture I posted above?? It shows up fine for me at home and at work.

I took some pictures of our swingle flail. I was a little wrong about how it is attached. It actually has a wooden "strap" tied onto the handle end with rawhide, and then a thick leather loop attaching the beater end through the wooden strap... I have no idea if this is original or correct.

Let me know if you can see these pictures:
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:59 AM
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Brad, for some reason almost immediately after I sent you the note about the picture my computer suddenly decided to let me see it!

Your flail looks like the super-deluxe model!
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Most flails were homemade and used what ever was available to tie the two pieces together. Baling twine wasn't one of them, usually rawhide or metal fittings of some kind.
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