Want to see my new toy?
Something to help my fibre preparation?
Something I've kind of thought I'd like to get but oh the cost! Guessed yet?
Well I have had one on (long-term) loan from the Guild for about 11 months, but now it can go back, I was needing to take it back next month anyway as another member (actually 2 now) want to borrow it from the Guild.
So how utterly wonderful it was that this week I just happened across an advert for ...
"Handmade Drum Carder, built be Master Carpenter, works as good as any of the expensive models", but at a snip of the price of the more expensive models. An email, a couple of phone calls and a trip in the car and the drum carder is mine.
Carder in need of a good clean
After a clean up she looks like this ...
Cleaned up lovely, see how clean the carding cloth is now?
excuse over exposure, my flash isn't working properly these days!
Look at that lovely handle too
(ignore the messy table though!)
I know many spinners have named their spinning wheels, I haven't yet. However my drum carder is named Delia, the name of the previous owner whose husband had carved her name on the drum carder he made for her. So her name will remain, I feel like I have a lovely piece of history in my hands. I shall take care of her.
Here she is clean as new and carding some lovely Portland white wool. It cards beautifully.
Portland on the carder
Portland teased ready to card on the right
Carded batt on the left
It's a case of good things coming to those who wait. I have increasingly over the last few weeks been trying to work out if I could purchase a Drum Carder, but at £200 plus, really couldn't justify the expense, especially as I'd want a good one. I have watched a few on ebay but even 2nd hand they really hold their price, a much wanted 2nd-hand item.
So I waited, and look what came along and just the right time, and at just the right price.