Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fiber Mill Trip '08

Hey everyone,

We had a great time on our trip to Pocahontas! Sorry that it has taken me almost three weeks to post this. My computer was having some problems. I think it's o.k. now. I took lots of photos on the trip. I will try to explain as much as I can remember about the trip. I know I will not remember the names of the machines we saw but I should be able to at least tell you what they do. And I'm going to apologize now for the videos beinging so dark. I couldn't brighten them up. Sorry.

This one is a picture of some un-processed wool.

This is some wool they were drying after they washed it.

This is their washer for their wool.

This is something they use when they want to dye some of the wool.

Bags of wool.

More bags of wool.

And yet more bags of wool. I'm sorry but I couldn't help myself. They just had so much of it that I had to take lots of pictures of it. :)

O.K. This is a room that processed wool will go into. You will have to just watch the video I took of this to get what I'm talking about.

This just gives you a closer look. Scary looking isn't it?

This is the outside of that room.

Here's a closer look at the machine that processes the wool.

And here's the video.

This one just processes the wool some more.

I had to take two photo of it so you could see how long it is.

This is the back of it.

This is a video of it working.

Here's a second video of it working.

This one also processes wool.

Here's a second photo of it too. It's a pretty big machine.

Here's the back of it. Do you see the wool coming out of it into the blue tube looking can?

Here's a video of it working.

Here's a second video of it working.

After sending the wool through the previous machine they can send it through this one to make it thinner. I hope I'm describing it right.

Here's the video.

This machine spins the wool. This is the front of it.

This is the back of that machine.

Here's a video of it working.

This machine spins two strands of wool together.

Here's a video of it working.

This is their felting machine open.

This is a photo of it working.

I hope you can see it moving in this video of it running.

This is what it looked like after they took it off the machine.

Here's a photo of everyone that showed up that day for the tour.

Here's the wonderful people who own and operate the Fiber Mill. Click here if you would like to check out their website.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures and video I took. Maybe in the fall we can go back to watch them shear their sheep.

The next meeting for our group will be on Dec. 13th from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. I'm still working on a location for it. I'll let everyone know soon where it's going to be.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!