I attended Advanced Shearing School with Australian shearing guru Mike Pora from January 28-30, 2019 in Newell, SD, and thought other shearers might benefit from some of what I learned. I took this class for a few reasons. … READ MORE about The Phenomenal Pora, or Some of What I Learned at Advanced Shearing School
WORKING WOOL IN THE WEST
Follow a sweater with an “Italian Merino” label back far enough and chances are its life began not in Milan, but in Montana. Many people want to look behind the label and know where their clothes come from, but the textile supply chain — one of the most toxic on the planet — remains largely invisible. In Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, Stephany Wilkes tells the story of American wool through her own journey to becoming a certified sheep shearer.
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Once in a while, an apparently unremarkable thing gives me pause and I think, “That didn’t used to happen.” In May, for example, I sheared some sheep that I shear every year. At the end of the job, the owner … READ MORE about Didn’t Used To Happen
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That's a sentence I never expected to type. A couple of years ago, I started organizing notes, journal entries, and voice notes recorded during long hours of driving into a book, and the supportive, lovely … READ MORE about My Book is Available for Preorder
About Stephany Wilkes
Stephany Wilkes is the author of Raw Material: Working Wool in the West. She is also a sheep shearer certified by the University of California Agricultural and Natural Extension Center, a wool classer certified by the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), and the President of the Northern California Fibershed Cooperative.
Stephany Wilkes resides in San Francisco where she serves surrounding agricultural regions.