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Who had great hand carders? Where did you buy them? Why are they great?

What about an electric carder? Any thoughts about a good one?

Combs or other tools?

How do you prep wool? Or other fiber??

I was gifted a fleece. I want new brushes or something. Dog combs took half my life last time!! Lol!
 
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Here is a site I know of that may be of help.
carding fibres
Drum carders
 
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I think what you need is someone with a lot more experience than I have, so hopefully they'll come along, but you can probably get more concentrated knowledge at e.g. Ravelry.

I own a pair of Ashford hand carders. I bought them at a local yarn shop because that's what the spinner who owned the shop used and sold. She had good reasons to recommend them over competition, but I got them like 12 years ago and don't remember the details. They seem to do the job, but I've never gotten good or fast with them, but they're fine for blending cute little rolags.

I also own a Brother drum carder which I love to use, but I've never used another drum carder, so I can't give any reasons why it's better. I've had it for ten years and bought it because my research on Ravelry showed a bunch of satisfied customers and it wasn't too too expensive.

I have watched women process wool and mohair on big combs and their comfort with the biomechanical practice is kind of enchanting, but I've never used one myself.
 
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Did you see the swinging carder (picker) in the Natural Textiles trailer? I "need" to make me one of those! Lol. I'm new to carding and that makes it look so much easier and cleaner than using a smaller hand carding tool.




 
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