The Wingham Drum carder is designed by us and built in our workshop, allowing us to create a piece of equipment that has all the features we consider to be the most important.
We think that our carder is excellent value without compromising on either materials or build quality. The card cloth is 72 points per inch (PPI) , the same grade as our Wingham Hand Carders the 72 PPI is a good balance for the vast majority of fibres that will be used.
It takes very heavy use to wear out card cloth and its not something we see often, though hopefully you'll be using this carder for many years to come, so it may happen. The cloth is pinned to the drum, making it easy to replace if required.
The main drum measures 30cm (12") in width and has a diameter of 18cm (7"). Batt size is 30cm X 54cm
We don't give a batt weight as there are too many variations depending on the fibres used and how well packed on they are. For example silk is much more dense than wool.
The frame is hand-made from certified sustainable European birch finished in Danish oil. All rotating shafts are set in Oilite self lubricating sintered bronze bearings. This ensures not only that you get a smooth action on the carder but also that there is minimal wear leading to misalignment of the drums.
The bearing components used in the drum carder are of a high industrial specification that are actually beyond the needs of the carder but it does ensure that nothing will suffer from rapid wear or failure.
Beech hardwood frame
Oilite bearings for very long life
Stainless steel handle, unbreakable
Doffing awl, designed to run through the wire so no further tools needed
Cleaning carder, to pick out any odd bits of fibre
Table clamps, a pair for side or corner table mounting.
Optional: Extra long handle.
This is intended for those who may have difficulty in turning the drum with a standard length handle. The extra long handle arm increases the mechanical advantage, making it easier to turn. This does increase the amount of sweep of the handle so more space is needed at the edge of the table. The carder can be supplied with this as an optional extra.