37. NFB — Fibre Flax — 11 min 07 s

This film reviews the processes involved in cultivating, harvesting, and spinning flax in Canada. Pioneer ways of gathering and treating the flax before it goes to the mill are compared with modern methods. Scenes at a scutching mill outline the process of breaking and scutching the flax, and of sorting and combing the fiber. Final sequences review finished products from the flax plant: printed linens, fish nets, fine paper, linen thread, linseed oil, livestock feed and a variety of linen goods turned out by industry.

Director — Lawrence Cherry
Producer — James Beveridge
Script and Text — Lawrence Cherry
Images — Maurice Proulx
Editor — Lawrence Cherry
Music — Eldon Rathburn
Voice and Narration — Tom Benson