Last Wednesday I got the opportunity to witness a sheep sheering, and then later learned how to clean the wool. It was a very fun experience and very informative. A professional sheep sheerer came for the afternoon and sheered Sherlock, one of our male sheep. As the professional sheerer shaved him, his wool off in waves. The size of the sheep changed quite dramatically after the sheering. The sheep was surprisingly calm during the sheering because it was on its back and could not touch the ground with its feet. After the wool had been sheered off we took the rugs of wool and spread them out on the floor of the whale room in the CEE.
Megan, one of the farmers at Chewonki, taught us how to clean the wool by picking out the dirty wool and shaking it. The wool was greasy, but still very soft. Megan also showed us how to use a spinning wheel. I now look forward to lambing in the weeks to come.
-Wyatt Itin, Kent Denver School, Englewood CO