At the Woolmill we buy wool that has already been washed, and this is stored in bales in the Scouring Shed. The oil lost during washing has to be introduced back into the wool to ensure the fibres slip against each other, once this has been done the wool is transferred into the teasing machine.
Restored and moved down from the attic, this fearsome machine rips the wool apart and also blends different colours. The teaser is possibly the oldest machine at the Woolmill – mid 19th century or earlier.
The teased wool is then blown into the carding and spinning workshop for the next stage.