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Lobster Pots at Bunnahabhain

Lobster pots, or creels, used to be hand-made by fisherwives working in boatsheds built along the beaches, wherever there was a stretch of sheltered water to land a boat. In the summer whole families lived in these boat sheds, working from dawn ‘til dusk to make the most of the long days. The pots were made from strips of wood, copper nailed to a frame of bent withies - usually hazel - and had pieces of slate tied to their floors to weight them. The entrance to the pots were sealed with netting tied to a rope grommet. Set deep under water amongst the jagged rocks of the wild west coast of Scotland, they had to be repaired frequently.

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