BeechGroveFiberworks

Creating great fibers from the ground up.

Gaston, Indiana | 81 Sales

BeechGroveFiberworks

Creating great fibers from the ground up.

Gaston, Indiana 81 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (12)

Announcement   Welcome! We are Beech Grove Fiberworks, part of a multi-generational mid-western family farm. We have spent some time working up the knowledge, sheep, and fiber to begin to offer some of our produce to fiber-folk.

While we have long had sheep here (and produced some good ones), had some understanding of breed specific wools, accumulated knowledge of working with fibers, had a deep appreciation of our soils and forage plants, putting all those pieces together in a coherent offering of excellent fibers for others to enjoy has been a surprisingly complex (some would say shockingly long) process.

We started out as most, thinking of the lovely fiber, clean and lustrous with that wonderful feel, both warm and cool to the touch. Our minds turned to the sheep breeds needed to produce a nice range of fibers, lustrous longwools and soft handled medium to fine wools that would work in our climate. As we began to acquire and breed the sheep for these goals, we found ourselves on a journey of discovery of just what else we needed to understand, suss out, change, build, or (in the case of endophyte infected tall fescue pasture) destroy.

Each knot to unravel seemed to lead to another knot and we kept asking increasing basic questions that we thought we knew the answer to, until we got down to the soil itself. That is what we mean by creating great fibers from the ground up.

At the moment, we just have the Horned Dorset combed top to offer, but stay tuned as we have just had another shearing and will be adding some Border Leicester locks soon. You can keep up with the happenings at the farm at our website, beechgrovefiberworks.com.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 18, 2016

Welcome! We are Beech Grove Fiberworks, part of a multi-generational mid-western family farm. We have spent some time working up the knowledge, sheep, and fiber to begin to offer some of our produce to fiber-folk.

While we have long had sheep here (and produced some good ones), had some understanding of breed specific wools, accumulated knowledge of working with fibers, had a deep appreciation of our soils and forage plants, putting all those pieces together in a coherent offering of excellent fibers for others to enjoy has been a surprisingly complex (some would say shockingly long) process.

We started out as most, thinking of the lovely fiber, clean and lustrous with that wonderful feel, both warm and cool to the touch. Our minds turned to the sheep breeds needed to produce a nice range of fibers, lustrous longwools and soft handled medium to fine wools that would work in our climate. As we began to acquire and breed the sheep for these goals, we found ourselves on a journey of discovery of just what else we needed to understand, suss out, change, build, or (in the case of endophyte infected tall fescue pasture) destroy.

Each knot to unravel seemed to lead to another knot and we kept asking increasing basic questions that we thought we knew the answer to, until we got down to the soil itself. That is what we mean by creating great fibers from the ground up.

At the moment, we just have the Horned Dorset combed top to offer, but stay tuned as we have just had another shearing and will be adding some Border Leicester locks soon. You can keep up with the happenings at the farm at our website, beechgrovefiberworks.com.

Bill Carter

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