I'd bashed through head-high weeds in the darkness and freezing fog, stumbling under a bag of Avian-X goose shells and puddler
decoys, trying to find the blind I'd built the evening prior on a small island on this little patch of public ground.
Puddling (wet tillage) was done twice in 6-8 cm of standing water using a tractor-mounted puddler
followed by planking.
Olsen observed the way the "thwarted lives" of Davis's characters--Hugh Wolfe, the puddler
who has an artist's soul and creates sculptures from the refuse of the iron works, and Deb, his cousin, a hunchback who longs for Hugh's love--are reflections of Rebecca Harding's own desire to become a serious artist in a world that has almost no place for a thirty-year-old unmarried woman, even a woman from a family with money and status.
JAMES Casey was born in 1892 and brought up in Portrack, the son of an Iron Puddler
called Jeremiah Casey and mother Polly Gartland.
One stand-out character was William Ball, an iron puddler
known as the Shropshire Giant who, at 5ft 9in, weighed 40 stone and had to have a special chair made for him.
Meunier sought to dignify industrial labour in monumental paintings and sculptures such as The Puddler
Boys had more career choices than girls and their remarkably varied jobs included tailor, shoemaker, carpenter, solicitor's clerk, puddler
, blacksmith, gardener, farmer, baker, French polisher, hairdresser, weaver, stoker and engine fitter's assistant.
His father was a puddler
, and there were Bloomers still active in the Black Country iron trade as late as the 1990s.
Fentimans started producing botanical brews in 1905 when Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler
from Cleckheaton, was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan.
The rings of the Duke were discussed: He had eleven altogether on the two hands yesterday--large massive gold affairs--such as a lucky reefer, or puddler
, might wear.
The future of the Welsh puddler
passing just now is not so pleasant.
My great grandfather was a steel puddler
, one of those professions which I think has died out, in the steel works at Ironbridge in Shropshire.