Building a wool picker

the Spider's Workshop

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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Border Collie is Ready to Herd! – Spinning Wheels

Take a look at these spinning wheels!

Olympic Spinning Wheels

collie wheelcollie wheel detailOur latest wheel is about ready for testing once the varnish dries a bit more.  I like the way things turned out, even though it kept me alert all the time as so many things were new with this one.  Because Jan requested a border collie in classic pose for the handle, I needed to make it removable and it turned out fine.  I will add this option to my bag of tricks when people request delicate handle embellishment.   It is held in place over the regular handle by two rare earth magnets.  Just pop it off and pack it carefully for travel. I felt it was necessary to keep the woodwork simple so as not to compete with the art.  Sorry for the indoor photos.  Usually we haul the new wheels to some place interesting to photograph them but today we have rain.  The  dusty shop had to double…

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