Card Fettlers, Brackendale Spinning Co, Thackley, Bradford

Ian Beesley

'Card fettlers, Brackendale Spinning Co, Thackley, Bradford', about 1986
Ian Beesley/Science Museum Group
© Ian Beesley

Gelatine silver print entitled 'Card Fettlers, Brackendale Spinning Co, Thackley, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'.1985-1987'.

Once the wool has been cleaned and scoured of dirt and grease, it can be disentangled and passed through a series of revolving cylinders called a carding machine. Originally this process was done by hand by means of two hand-sized boards fixed with fine metal pins, producing a short roll of wool known as a 'rolag' . The modern carding engine is one of the biggest in the industry and consists of a series of large cylinders and small rollers covered with tightly set wire teeth. Here two card fetter set to, clearing the cylinders, a dirty and dangerous process not being overtaken by automation.

[Table 49: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]


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silver gelatin print
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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