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Our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer
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Hank Little shearing Lady Jane.
Submitted By edith on 10/05/08
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Hank Little shearing Lady Jane.
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Re: Our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer
2 days - 4,412v
Posted 2010/05/10 - 19:19 GMT
Cool! What do you do with all the wool? Does it hurt the lambs/sheep/whatever? I bet the lamb/sheep/whatever don't like it very much, do they? Do you shear the ears too? I always wondered about that, but never thought to ask you! =) sorry about so many questions, but hey! I'm Sarah Jo! Queen of Q and A's!!!!! =)=)=)=)=)=)=) 
Re: Our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/05/10 - 23:47 GMT
It is pretty cool.  One of these days I'm going to have to learn to shear them myself but I haven't gotten around to that yet...
Well, I use some of the wool for spinning, but I didn't save any this year because I still have a lot left from last year.   No, it doesn't hurt them - well, except for when Hank accidentally gets them with the clippers - but they don't like it very much.  We only get the adult sheep sheared.  The lambs don't have enough wool to shear at this point.  Nope - they don't have any wool on their ears to start with. 
Questions are just fine with me!  I love talking about my sheep:)
Love you, Sarah:)
Re: Our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer
2 days - 4,412v
Posted 2010/05/11 - 19:10 GMT
Oooooooh! (I actually just said 'Hm!', as in, 'That's interesting! I was wondering about that! THanks for clearing it allllllllll up for me! (And Alllll freeee todaaaaay!!)
               Oh. I never knew that they don't have wool on their ears. Cool.
So, how do you get the wool ready to spin? Oh My Goodness! You have a spinning wheel?! Cool! Can you take a picture of it for me please? Whoa.
          Hank. Is he your neighbor? Do you have to use special clippers or are they just the same as regular scissors?
            Love you 2!
                                    Sarah Jo-Bug =)
Re: Our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/05/11 - 19:40 GMT
You're quite welcome, my dear!:)
Let's see, you can read about washing the wool here, and see a pic of the spinning wheel here, and one of these days I'll create a post about carding the wool which is what I do after I wash it and before I spin it.  I'm still learning how to use the spinning wheel, and I'm not very good at it yet, but practice makes perfect:)
Hank is kind of a neighbor in a round about way - we live about 5 minutes south of the town of Athol, and he lives about 1 mile north of Athol.  So, not really neighbors, but he calls himself our Friendly Neighborhood Sheep Shearer:)  We actually know him because he and his family have a Bluegrass band called the Panhandle Polecats - we gave you one of their CDs, if you want to listen to it.
He uses HUGE electric clippers to shear the sheep.  I don't have a picture of them, but they have rather wicked looking "teeth" and they're very loud=)

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