The Peter Teal English Woolcombs have become the classic design, and it’s easy to see why. Peter drew upon years of experience to create piece of equipment that does an excellent job with the minimum amount of effort, making it easy to produce your own worsted yarns at home.
Having researched the design of the original English worsted combs he replicated the combing head but with reduced dimensions to make it manageable for home use. The proportions, tine diameter and grinding angle of the points are all critical to get the best results. Included with the combs are his very precise instructions for the stages of the combing process.
We have often seen crude attempts to copy the combs with some strange ideas on variations to the design.
Peter Teal combs do the job, we are confident they will give excellent results and will last through many generations of wool combers
Built here in Wentworth, England, the unit is made from sustainably sourced European Beech with a sealed varnish finish to keep it pristine for years to come. The base comes pre-drilled so that you can attach it to a working surface, or you have the option of clamping it down.
The spikes are tempered 3mm carbon steel tines ground to a precision double angled tapered point to aid the entry of the tines into the wool. The tines are the most important part of the comb, so we’ve invested a fair amount of time in ensuring we’re using the best ones available: Sourced from machinery grade producers and made to our specifications to ensure that they’re fine enough to work well with a variety of fibres, yet also strong enough that they don’t break. To make doubly sure we’ve included a tine-straightener tool, so even if tines bend you can easily get them back into shape.
Compare this specification with the crude nail in the block of wood designs around.
Finally we also include a diz so that you can draw off your finished fibre ready for use.
Overall we’re incredibly happy to be able to offer these combs to the market once again. We’ve worked closely with Peter over the years and have been given his blessing to use the name “Peter Teal Woolcombs”, and it’s not an honour we take lightly. The dimensions and weights of the original combs have been followed as closely as possible, as every part has a purpose. From the angle that the tines are set, through to the working height of the base, the Peter Teal Woolcombs offer the best option for creating your own worsted prepared fibres.
Sustainably sourced European Beech
Base unit: 31cm h x 24cm w x 33 l
Comb head: 10.5cm x 7.5cm
Comb handle: 20cm long x 3cm diameter
Tines: 4 rows – 16cm, 15cm, 14cm, 13cm
Tines 3mm diameter
Tine straightner tool, just in case any get bent.
Weight of complete unit (handles and base): 3.4kilos
Notes: The base unit is pre-drilled for screwing down to a working table or alternatively you can use clamps to secure the base. We don’t include these as the weight would add to the shipping cost. They can be found at any high street DIY store.
For video instruction on using the combs have a look at http://www.mandacrafts.co.uk/Video.html
Care of Combs and Hackles.
After use make sure the combs are dry. If they are not to be used for a while give them a spray with WD40 or similar product. Hold them up with tines pointing down and spray. This allows any excess spray to run off. Store in a dry place. Garden sheds are not good places for carders or combs.