An antique treen straw splitter with five different sizes of fins to produce different thicknesses of straw splints.The straw would be pulled through one of these splitters dividing the straw into different thicknesses of splints depending on which size was required. This would then be used for straw plaiting.

 

This humble device transformed straw plaiting in the UK enabling finer straw of superior quality to be produced rivalling European countries.  

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Antique Treen Straw Splitter

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