All of our hand carders, drum carders, and other tools are handcrafted in our woodshop in Pinole, California. Wood and other materials are sourced from within the USA and particularly within our Fibershed whenever possible.
All fleece for sale is purchased direct from ranches throughout the USA and is washed here in our shop. All processed fiber for sale is carded at a local mill here in Northern California.
My first wheel is a Clemes and Clemes from 1974. It's almost as old as I am! It was an unexpected "inheritance" from the mother of a deceased friend and is a treasured mainstay of my textile art tool collection. I'm a tall woman so I really appreciate the height of the castle, and it has a lovely weight to the wheel - when it gets rolling it stays rolling. I find it easy to spin for hours even though it is a single treadle. I also enjoy the ease of the double drive - as the description states it requires much less adjustment as the bobbin fills, even with jumbo bobbins.
I am so grateful that Clemes and Clemes started producing their Traditional again so that I was able to purchase additional accessories (like the Jumbo flyer and bobbins) for the old girl. With plenty of oil and care I know she'll last my lifetime and likely beyond as well. Thank you Clemes and Clemes!