SHEEP SHEARING DAY AT THE PETALUMA ADOBE

04/10/2016

A crowd of enthusiastic and curious children and adults braved the rain and came to see our three sheep get shorn. After an introduction from Ranger Crystal Battles, John Sanchez expertly flipped a sheep and held her down while taking off the coat with electric shears so it formed a coherenbt mat of wool. He assured the crowd that after having its heavy coat removed a sheep was happier and healthier. The sheep certainly didn't appear to be upset by the procedure. 

Kids and grownups then followed the wool to the next station where they learned how to card the wool to remove tangles and make a wool "curl" on each card, and then to attach the wool curl to the string on a drop spindle and make it into yarn. There were lots of cards and spindles so everyone could have a chance. 

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