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Wild 'n' Woolly Articles

Want to learn a little more about life on a sheep farm or about shearing/dying/felting wool? You've come to the right place! Hope Yankey has published many articles and photographs over the years. Below you will find a small selection of these articles, and we'll be adding more as time permits! Just click on the "Read More" link to see the article in full.

The following articles have appeared in The Shepherd. For info or to subscribe please contact:

The Shepherd

P. O. Box 168

  Farson, WY 82932

Sheep Shearers: An Endangered Species--Their Art, Their Zen

by E. Hope Allen Yankey, appearing in The Shepherd Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2001

I wrote this article before I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with blade = hand shearer, Kevin Ford. I "machine" shear. David DeLamater, friend and part-time sheep shearer, "machine" shears--David Todd, the one and only professional, full-time shearer in the state of Maryland, "machine" shears. They are equipped with down-shaft and handpiece apparatuses. I learned to shear using the heavier, more cumbersome electric Oster shearmaster clippers. Perhaps I would have blade = hand sheared all these 20+ years had I learned from Kevin Ford. . . .

A Tongue-in-Cheek Approach to Lambing 'Laissez-Faire' Style in the New Millennium

by Hope Allen Yankey, appearing in The Shepherd, Vol. 45, No. 3, March 2000

I received several letters and email messages regarding the article "Laissez-Faire Lambing" published in the October 1999 issue of this magazine. All were extremely positive. Perhaps, those who disagree or operate from a different philosophy chose not to respond. At any rate, the questions I was asked, the responses I receibed, have prompted me to write this article. Lambing 2000 is just around the corner for most of us and what better time to begin and/or revamp our record keeping and selection process. . . .

Double Your Pleasure: Dye for Fun/Dye for Profit

by Hope Allen Yankey, appearing in The Shepherd, October 1997

Each year I get another crop of wool from my sheep and more gray hairs appear on my head. So, when I get the urge to dye, I just want to dye it all--the wool and the hair. Actually, wool and hair dye similarly because they are both ANIMAL PROTEIN fibers (they contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur) unlike cotton, flax, and rayon which are PLANT CELLULOSIC fibers (they contain carbon, hyrdrogen, and oxygen). NOT all dyestuffs will dye all fibers. Some will dye both animal and plant fibers, but must be treated very differently during the dyeing process. . . .


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