Do most of you use a drum carder??? If so, what brand do you use?
My local fiber guild has an Ashford available which I borrow and use on occasion, otherwise, I have a loaned (thanks be to FalconDance) pair of hand carders which I adore. (Previously I had been using dog brushes, and it was exceedingly tedious and took an eternity(! LOL
I am currently saving for a drum carder, I have my eye on a Louet Junior or maybe an Ashford with a fine comb (for that Merino, I love so much!)
I would personally do bodily harm for a Pat Green carder! *sigh* only in my dreams, I'm afraid.
Life is what happens while you are making other plans. (John Lennon)
We currently use hand cards & combs, but are looking to get a Pat Greene Supercard maybe next spring if we have sheep to shear by that point. We're looking at it specifically to make continuous roving for sale - shetland, angora, possibly Romney and maybe some veggie fibers.
I also have the Patrick Green Deluxe model from 1988 with the fur drum. The PG's have interchangeable drums. Get the finest carding cloth you can, is my advice. I started out years ago with handcards and did plenty with them. But a drum carder really speeds up the process and allows for greater creativity. I bought my drum carder gently used and saved a bundle.
I have a Strauch finest doublewide, which I love. I got it last summer. I chose it because it's chain driven, and it's built so a motor can be added to it. Otto won't put a motor on for you, but he has instructions on how to do it posted on his website.
Up until then, I lock-spun most things, and used hand cards for blending.
Once I got the carder, I realized that I couldn't hand-pick the wool fast enough either, so then I bought a Pat Greene Triple picker.
I'm a veritable fiber business now!
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