Making lobster creels at Brock
Photograph of William and Neil MacKinnon and Archibald MacLeod making lobsters creels at Brock.
Courtesy of Mr Alasdair Sinclair
Brothers William and Neil MacKinnon and their neighbour Archibald MacLeod (Èairdsidh Nèill) are pictured making lobster creels at Brock in the late 1920s or early 1930s. They would make about twenty creels each winter.
The base was made from old bits of wood and the ribs, known as ‘staingean’, from hazel branches brought from Mull. These were soaked in water for up to a week then passed through a fire to soften them before being bent to form the frame.
The net was hand knitted from manilla twine using a net needle and a wooden gauge to control the mesh size. A flat stone to keep the creel on the bottom was put in before the net was laced up. The entrance was formed over a ring made from galvanised fence wire.
Black and white photograph of William and Neil MacKinnon and Archibald MacLeod of Brock in the early 1930s.
Making lobsters creels at Brock in the late 1920s or early1930s. L-R: William MacKinnon, his brother Neil and Archibald MacLeod (Èairdsidh Nèill). William and Neil were brothers of Alasdair Sinclair’s grandmother and Archibald was Duncan Grant’s great-uncle.