The Project: Restore to regular operation an historic wool picker and carding machine
Birkeland Brothers Wool is a family business which has been running a 133+ year old wool carding machine in the Vancouver area for more than 75 years. We are as passionate about wool as we are the history of our equipment, and want to see both continue to thrive in British Columbia. We have been slowly restoring our equipment as time and finances allow, but we are ready to do so much more. Our vision is to be able to handle local, quality wool from shearing through carding and both preserve and celebrate our piece of history from the Industrial Revolution. With your support for this project we will accomplish exactly that!
In 2012, Birkeland Brothers Wool carefully packed up it’s historic equipment and moved out of Vancouver to a new location where we could pull our carding machine out of the cinder-block back room and showcase it in a new space within full view of the public. We want to restore the Old Lady to her full glory and preserve her for the future.
Why Support this Project?
You believe in the importance of using natural, sustainable fibres like wool
You believe in supporting local wool producers and the 100-mile living movement
You are a local wool producer or fibre artist and don’t want to ship your wool out of province and have to wait a year for processing
You believe in local businesses creating jobs in their community
You respect history, and want to see it preserved for future generations
What will your money accomplish?
$7,400 will allow us to complete renovations to our historic carding machine, complete our guards, platform, and dust filters which will allow us to run the Old Lady in public during work days. While our carding machine is 100% operational and can be run for the public, workplace safety requires additional protections for our employees which must be in place before we can run during store hours for public viewing.
$6,700 will allow us to complete our fleece washing facilities, fibre tumbler, and drying racks. This will allow us to source local fibres, and better support local wool producers who have no local company that can professionally clean large quantities of fibre for them.
$4,000 will allow us to replace the missing motor,and gear on our picking machine, as well as complete renovations so it can become operational. The wool picker opens up the fibre after it is washed, helping to remove vegetable material and allowing it to be carded much easier. Restoring the picking machine is the last piece of the puzzle which allow us to take freshly sheared wool and handle it all the way through to a finished carded batt.
Risks and challenges
In the event the Project exceeded its original funding goals, we may have to source and purchase additional fleece to card. This could result in a delay in fulfillment for some backers, though we will work hard to minimize any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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