Wingham Blending Board/Carding Board
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE
LOTS OF FEATURES FOR EASE OF USE
High specification blending board
12" x 12" carding area (30cm x 30cm)
Superior quality stainless steel wire, no rusting
Three positions for the keel for knee or table fixing
Integrated clamping sytem for 3 position table mounting.
Dowels for rolag making
Made in by us here in Yorkshire.
Designed and built here at Wentworth, the Wingham Blending Board is a simple, quick and easy way of creating your own fibre blends. We have a few extra design features to make us different to other makes.
The back of the board has a supporting brace (keel) that can be fixed in a choice of three different positions to vary the angle to suit the user when table mounted. Keel can be removed for ease of storage.
When on the knee the board can be held by the angle brace (keel). Have a look at the pictures to see the features of the board.
Table clamps. For secure fixing to a table we have built in steel pivot pins to hook the table clamps over giving a positive hold. It doesnt just sit on the table it can be clamped solid.
The board is constructed from plywood to ensure stability, stronger and more durable than MDF and non warping unlike a solid bread board base.
High quality stainless steel wire is used for the card cloth. No worries about rusting.
If you're unsure about which grade you need then feel free to contact us, however for the majority of fibres the standard cloth 72 point is the best for the job. Its whats mostly used on hand and drum carders so why use something different on a blending board. We have seen finer types being used for normal wools and cannot understand why. Finer set wire is best for the very fine exotic fibres.
How to use
To create your own multicolour or multifibre type rollags. Simply lay out stripes of carded or combed fibres or combine bits and pieces of textured bits and pieces. Lightly card, press or brush them into the carder board wires. The board brush included or a large carder can be used as a brush in a reverse position. You can even use a soft paint brush. No rules ! just allow yourself to be creative.
Take the pair of dowels and roll off the fibres to make a ready to spin rollag.
It is a similar method to blending on a drum carder but a more portable unit.
It can also be used for the carding preparation of fibres it can be set up clamped to a table and using a standard hand carder, fibres can be prepared on the board. This is the old style of carding from the time when card cloth was first developed. It was known as a stock card. You may sometimes see old illustrations of them in use with the carder board attached to the end of a bench.
Table clamps and take off dowels are provided.
A mini carder/brush is included
Built from 5/8th thick plywood to give a solid flat surface.
Card cloth is 72 point stainless wire.
Three position keel support brace
Carding area 12 x 12 inches 30cm x 30cm)
Weight 2.8 kilo
It is possible to use our card cloth to make a very basic blending board quite cheaply. We have chosen to manufacture a De-luxe version with various special features.
If you are considering building your own board we supply the card cloth for an 8 inch and 12 inch wide models. Have a look at our drum card cloth.
Having been asked by potential makers how to fix the card cloth please note that it should be stapled or tacked around the edge only. Under no circumstances should it be glued. It is a property of the card cloth that it is flexible, glueing would set the pins solid thus loosing the correct carding action. It would just be pins on a board. Any suggestion of glueing to be found on other sites is wrong. The board you choose to use needs to be stable timber, if it warps, as some bread boards can, the surface is no longer flat and thus does not give a good carding action. Plywood is the best for freedom from warping.
Please note. The application of glue would remove the guarantee we give to all our flexible card cloth that it is suitable for purpose and has a long working life.