butter making tool; curd breaker

Curd breaker, jintălău. Made out of a long piece of wood with a number of hoops at one end (2x2) fixed by a nail to the tail end of the 'jintalău' curd breaker. Unadorned. Maple wood, hoops made of hazel twigs. Length 685mm, diameter of head 220mm.

This object, from the village of Salva, would have been used to break and stir the curd after it set in a vat the size of the one shown above. The inner and outer rings, made of green hazel twigs, are threaded through two crossing pieces of maple attached to a handle—a simple but clever design using locally available materials. It would have been used to stir the curd again after it had soured for three or four days in the vat.

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