Drum Carder, Ashford – Packer Brush
Designed specifically to fit the fine or coarse-cloth Ashford 20cm (8-inch) Drum Carder. This kit is simple to install and doesn't require any special tools nor holes to be drilled. It has two metal holders that fit over the small drum, with a nylon-bristled brush that fits in notches and can be swung down to brush the large drum or moved up and out-of-the-way when taking off batts.
We use a fine-cloth Ashford Drum Carder here in our shop, and we love this brush! It helps you to pack more fibre onto the drum by smoothing it as you go. Ashford suggests it also reduces fly-away of finer or no-crimp fibres such as bamboo. Neither of us has any notable handyman skills but it was really quite simple to install.
NOTE: As of summer 2013 Ashford now includes this packer brush on all of their various sizes of drum carders.
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Ashford Book of Carding – NEW edition Dec 2016
Revised edition, December 2016. This popular, practical and inspirational guide to carding, fleece, slivers, and exotic fibres has been revised and expanded to include sections on the blending board and creating self-striping yarn. Written for the hand spinner and felter and everyone who loves fibre, there are sections on using the flick, hand and drum carders and the blending board. There are detailed explanations of colour and fibre blending and colour theory. Step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs will open a world of colour and texture. A must-have for new drum carder owners.
Author: Jo Reeve. Published by Ashford. Softcover, 108 pages. Packed with colour photos.