Wednesday, March 05, 2008
A Pat Green Drum Carder
The second find that I wish to tell you about is a drum carder.
I don't know if you can tell from that photo, but when I first brought it home it was in pretty dismal shape. It had been left out in the rain and stored in a damp garden shed so there was rust everywhere, all the moving bits refused to move, spiders mounted a brave defense of their home in the carding cloth when we tried to take it out of the shed, and the plywood drive wheel for the smaller drum was delaminating at an alarming rate. The only thing it had going for it is that it had all its parts.
Because it was so sad looking, the wonderful woman who sold me my Quebec wheel (and something else I'll tell you about later this week) refused to sell me this. Now I was willing to pay a fair bit of money considering I have been saving up for a drum carder for some time. Not to mention, it was a Pat Green Carder, albeit an old one. Even if the carder didn't work, I could still fiddle around with it and see if I could figure out how it was suppose to work. This darling woman gave it to me instead and refused to take money since it was looking so pitiful. I could have just kissed her.
Well, as soon as it came home, my dad took it apart and did his magic.
He cleaned every little bit, removing rust and spiders from everywhere he could, and glued together the delaminated plywood with magic wood-go-together-glue (wood glue). Once all was dry (the next day) he applied the Tried & True, a all natural wood finishing product from Lee Valley. We use the one that is food safe for our antique tables &c. and it conditions the wood without adding or subtracting from the patina. It's a very durable finish, but it requires a bit of work to apply.
On the third day the magic was complete. Everything got put back together again and it was time to try out my new, used carder.
It worked marvously well and has been in constant use transforming these Romney locks....
...into these lushes batts.