The combs themselves, apart from being vicious in appearance and in fact, are beautifully designed for the job. The accompanying stand is elegant and sturdy - which is obviously important as you don't want the combs shifting unexpectedly when you're using them.
Bryn gave a clear and well organised demonstration of the techniques required to produce a sliver of fine, combed yarn suitable for worsted spinning: starting by separating the locks of clean fleece and spraying with a mixture of olive oil and water; through loading the comb in its' stand, heating the second comb and then transferring the fleece from one comb to another in a series of elegant movements! The combed fleece is then removed, "planked", returned to the comb and drawn through the hole of a diz into a long thin strand of fibre.
Fascinating to watch, and - I am sure - very satisfying to do.
|Planking the fibre.|
|Using the diz.|