This beauty is living with me now…
I got this vintage drum carder from a woman in Healdsburg and it belonged to her mother. She had a “For Sale” sign with a picture at a fiber fair where I was vending, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention at that time. Days passed and I commented about the drum carder to DH and being the enabler that he is, asked me my why I don’t buy it. Believe me, he didn’t have to twist my arm to do it. I called the woman and she told me that I was the first person asking for information. I had to wait a few days before I could drive and see the drum carder, but she called me a few days before our meeting to ask if I still wanted it, because se was getting lots of calls requesting information. Finally I was able to drive to Healdsburg and when I first had it in front of my eyes, I fell immediately in love with it.
It shows signs that it has been well used, but it is in great shape, it works wonderfully and it has a beautiful old patina that only time can give. I’ve been doing a little bit of online research and I found from a couple of Blogs that it was made in Manitoba by a company that is no longer in existence. The company belonged to John Weselowski that eventually became the Made-Well Manufacturing Company. So, here you have it… This is a Made-Well Drum Carder.
Isn’t she a beauty? As you can guess I didn’t wait long before I tested it and I made a couple batts. I can only get 1.3 oz batts so far, but it does a great job at carding all sort of fibers so far.
I will keep looking for information, but nonetheless, I’m very happy with this little jewel.