Men working in the scutching shed at "Miranui."
The "scutcher" poked one end of the hank through a slot in the front of the box-like machine while holding onto the other end. Inside the machine a beater with six arms revolved at about 200 rpm inside a six foot diameter drum, and flailed the fibre to remove any remaining vegetation.
Once the fibre was thoroughly beaten it was pulled out and the other end put in to complete the process.
Photo: Palmerston North Public Library - used in Bob Ayson's book Miranui.