Built in 1929 model, by W. Tathum Ltd., Rochdale, UK, with a card width of
23 inches, the carder is what is called in the industry a sample carder. Being
powered by a 3 phase electric motor, it quietly ticks along processing approximately
3kg per hour, depending on the fibres going through. It is not a fast carder
but produces a quality product. It is all hand fed, helping to keep out any
undesirable objects that may damage the cloth. The carding wires are fine and
very close together, making it ideal for carding fine fleeces (e.g. Merino
or Polwarth) and any exotics (e.g. Mohair, Alpaca, Angora, etc.).
Carding loosens and aligns for spinning or other types of processing.
Machine carding uses multiple drums, wrapped in carding cloth
and produces batts or
a continuous thick untwisted stand of fibres, called sliver.
The Batts are ideal for felting, being approx. 23" x
60" in size and either garment or scarf weight. Produced
from Natural Coloured Polwarth, in three shades, 'Snow', 'Greywacke',