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DYING THE NETS

To preserve the fishing nets and sails better, Some special methods of imbuing were used.

The process of barking was done like this: Bark from hardwood trees ( leaf-trees ) was boiled in a large cauldron ( like the one you see here ). Nets or sails were put into the decoction and thus got a characteristic brown-red colour.

Imbuing with bluestone was another method. Bluestone ( copper sulphate ) Is easily dissolved in water. Nets put into the «blåsteinskjer» containing the mixture will get a blue colour. In Skudenes nearly all-ordinary fishing nets were dyed blue, While the drift nets would be barked brown.

 

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