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Our vision is to handle local, quality wool from shearing through carding and both preserve and celebrate our piece of history.
Our vision is to handle local, quality wool from shearing through carding and both preserve and celebrate our piece of history.
315 backers pledged CA$ 21,029 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $5

    Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $23

    Needle felting kit with a variety of dyed wool, three sizes of felting needles, foam, and instructions. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $27

    For the spinners! A one pound bag of soft, natural black merino sliver. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $27

    One Waldorf-style baby blanket doll (pink, blue, or gender neutral) stuffed with carded Southdown fleece. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $27

    For the spinners! A one pound bag of natural white merino sliver. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $32

    Cake of locally handspun Perendale wool yarn, dyed Birkeland green (approximately 1 lb). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $54

    Cake of Blueberry Blue handspun Perendale wool yarn (approximately 2 lbs). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $54

    Two Waldorf-style baby blanket dolls (one pink+one blue, or substitute one neutral) stuffed with carded Southdown fleece. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $54

    For the spinners! A two pound bag of natural white merino sliver. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $59

    Two cake of locally handspun Perendale wool yarn, dyed Birkeland green (approximately 2 lbs total). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $90

    Three cakes of locally handspun Perendale wool yarn, dyed Birkeland green (approximately 3 lbs total). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 120 or more About $109

    Queen-sized Southdown carded batt, perfect for a breathable, year-round quilt filling that is ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 120 or more About $109

    For the spinners and felters! A queen-sized lambs wool batt (approximately 5 pounds), enough to keep you busy for quite awhile. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 130 or more About $118

    Four cakes of locally handspun Perendale wool yarn, dyed Birkeland green (approximately 4 lbs total). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $136

    Waldorf-style 10” heirloom doll, made with natural fibres and stuffed with carded Southdown fleece. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $226

    Personal introduction to the Old Lady. Receive a personal tour of Birkeland Brothers Wool, have lunch, and watch us card a batt. Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $452

    Private lessons for you and up to four friends (5 total) on making your very own Waldorf-inspired, southdown-stuffed heirloom doll. Will be 5 lessons over 7 weeks, starting in January on a day that works for you. The basic doll kit will be included, so everyone will have everything they need to make your own woolly treasure.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $905

    Kiwi wheel and batt of wool for spinning (Borderdale, Lustre Wensleydale, Polwarth, or Romney Lamb wool depending on availability). Handwritten thank you, which will be mailed with a Birkeland Brothers Wool fridge magnet. Your name on our supporter “Wall of Fame” which will be erected prominently in the shopfront. Additional shipping costs will apply for rewards shipped outside Canada or the US.

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Funding period

- (30 days)