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.