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Charlie John
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Posted - 06/12/2009 :  1:45:56 PM  Show Profile Send Charlie John a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi! I'm Charlie and I'm new to both spinning and this forum. My question is dose any one know how to make a pair of Hand Held Wool Combs that would look nice enough for a co. fair? I'd love to just by a pair but the farmer in me says just make 'em. thanks for any feed back:)

Kade1301
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Posted - 06/13/2009 :  1:27:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are very detailed instructions (drawings and all) in Peter Teal's book "Hand wool combing and spinning". I think it's also available on CD.

Good luck with the endeavour! Klara

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Shelia
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Posted - 06/13/2009 :  5:14:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not having Peter Teal's book handy, I'm going to just answer with my own opinion, for what it's worth. I would be really reluctant to take on making wool combs at home, even though we make lots of things on our farm. Even in the "olden days" when wool combing was done by many more people than now, combs weren't generally made by people/farmers, they were made by blacksmiths in their slow (winter) times of the year. The tines need to be carefully made and sharpened, with no burrs, and often bent slightly depending on the style. The wood that they are set in must be drilled out, and the tines heated before inserting, which makes the tight fit as they cool. Too hot, and the wood is charred and ruined, too cool and they are loose, which is annoying and could be dangerous. It's a skilled process.

I know that some folks have made hackle-like objects with offset dog combs set into wood or another base, and the wool is pulled through them. I don't think that is is very efficient because the combs themselves are not very tall, and its difficult to firmly set them into the wood.

All that being said, I love all of my combs (I have several set in different sizes/pitches) and will be interested in hearing and seeing what you do!

Shelia
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Charlie John
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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  1:54:21 PM  Show Profile Send Charlie John a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for both replies!! I'm going to try now just for the heck of it! Thanks:)
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