Wednesday, 31 October 2012

What is this used for?

A quick one tonight...

Take a look at the old hand tools, especially the one in the middle... They were on display at the Marché Fermier; Marché Gourmet in Chaveignes.

We can work out what most of them are likely to used for but not this one...

Any suggestions please?

6 comments:

Tim said...

It is a tool for collecting Sweet Chestnuts. You pinch the spiky pod between the rough ends and drop it in your basket... there are also special clogs that burst the pods so that you can get the chestnuts out.
I collect trivial information like this... it saves being serious.

Actually, Pauline and I saw these at the Museum at La Celle Geunand along with said clogs and a picture of both items in action.
Well worth visiting... everything is very well displayed.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Interesting I would never have guessed that is what it was for!!! Have a good evening Diane

GaynorB said...

Me neither!

You are both very observant! I should probably have just walked past the display without any thought of what the components were used for.

Tim said...

Bread of life this stuff is to both Pauline and myself. It is a marvelous display of Man's ingenuity when faced with a problem... in this case how to pick up something that has spines all over it.
The clogs to burst the pods without harming the chestnuts were very strange to look at.... I'm wondering if the two paddles in the picture were used in the same way. Chestnut flour has been a staple food for eons... probably in your storecupboard, Elizabeth, along with the Buckwheat/Blé Noir flour ? In Corsica they brew a beer using chestnut flour... and very nice it is too!! It is often in the shops here.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Thanks Tim. Most enlightening, we like the others had no idea. We will have to visit the Museum at La Celle Geunand.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Gaynor, it's amazing how observant you are when you've a blog to write!! :)