I have wanted to build a wool picker ever since I saw photos of them on the internet and learned what they did. A wool picker is a machine that pulls wool apart to make it more open. This helps clean the wool, and makes it easier to card, (or even spin). It opens the wool with the aid of sharp, smooth nails that hold and pull the wool. It is a very dangerous piece of equipment, with some having over 400 nails.
I have not been able to build one because I could not find nails that were smooth. Normal nails would snag and tear the wool. Well, a couple of weeks ago I found nails for a nail gun and they seemed perfect. They may not be as sharp as the nails used in a wool picker, but I think that is okay.
Once I had the nails…
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