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« on: November 07, 2006 01:47:25 PM »

Am I crazy...or is my idea for using an old-timey butter churn for agitation of wool fibers sheer genius?

I don't have a churn to try it out on, but if anyone does...have a go at it and let us know!!!

(It sounds brilliant, at least, and I have never heard of it before!)

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2006 05:53:21 AM »

Your brain must always be working putting unexpected concepts together. I love it!

IMHO the butter churn would be fairly small, but like a washing machine it would create aggitation and ought to work.  Have you see the old time hand washing in a big galvanized tub stompers?  Like a toilet plunger but more funel shaped and 4 vents to let water serge through - that would allow one to do larger items.  More like a person powered washing machine.

Definately environmentally friendly as not using electricity.

Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2006 07:32:38 AM »

Yes, for some reason I seem to think of innovations to use with 'people power' rather than electricity.  And the whole reducing, reusing and recycling thing...Maybe it's a sign?!

I'm starting to remind myself of a paranoid King of the Hill character!...'Let the grid go down!  I'll be ready!'

Cheesy LOL!  Just kidding, but it makes me wonder if I'm not being prepared for a more simple lifestyle.

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2006 07:49:21 AM »

Do you have a treadle sewing machine?

Simple is nice, but I do like electricity even here on the farm.  Finding a comfortable balance can be challenging. Minimizing waste and conserving energy is a good thing.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2006 08:02:34 AM »

 Grin  No, but I DO have a little Holly Hobbie 'chain stitch' hand-crank toy sewing machine that I got at Goodwill for $1!  I think I found out why it was a buck, though.  It misses about every 10th stitch or so.  But I figured it would be nice to have to use for paper crafts if I don't feel like working on my full-sized one.

I'd love to have a treadle machine!  Anyone feel like giving one away...it would find a good home here!  (And actually get USED)

I thought of some great marketing for the churned felt.

'Hand-Churned Felt...It's like buttah!'  (You've got to say it in Mike Myers' Linda Richman character's voice)

Ha!  Just kidding!

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2006 09:26:06 AM »

Ha! Micol, three treadles here - one was my grandmother's.  Picked up the others at auction.  One for$2.50 - had to rescue it. 

LOL Hand curned felt.... too funny - but maybe a great sales pitch.  Hmmmmm
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2006 10:17:08 AM »

Yeah...I thought I could dress up in a Milk Maid's costume complete with bonnet and sit at the churn with a demure smile for the packaging's photo!  Hee-hee!

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2006 11:38:47 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2006 05:07:58 PM »

Micol,

If you're not already familiar with it, you'd probably love the Lehman's Non-Electric catalogue. http://www.lehmans.com/index.jsp

They have the handwashing plunger-like agitator, that was mentioned earlier in this thread. It's a great thing if you ever need to do your washing in your bathtub.

And, of particular interest to felters, they also carry washboards in 3 sizes and several finishes including glass.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2006 08:08:41 PM »

Ooooo, so rad MS!  Thanks for the link!!!!

I was especially interested in the old school churn because of the wool allergy...it would be enclosed in the crock while I was agitating it and I could just wear the rubber gloves to work with it from there.  I just can't get it too close to my face or the waterworks and sneezing start.

Thanks for thinking of me!   Grin

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