14 November 09

Shearing Day at Meridian Jacobs

Meridian Jacobs Shearing, derwent inktense We went to the open house sheepshearing event at Meridian Jacobs, where 65+ sheep were being shorn on a chilly but sunny morning.

Meridian Jacobs Shearing, derwent inktense Shearing sheep is intensely physical work. Jacobs are small sheep but still plenty big enough to be trouble, and they have two or four horns, both male and female. The shearer was a focused young man with huge biceps and an impressive aura of calm. Sheep panic at the drop of a hat and he gently but firmly moved them around without panicking them further, taking maybe 90 seconds to relieve them of their fleeces.

Meridian Jacobs Shearing, derwent inktense I was impressed by his hide (sheep hide?) overshoes (at left). A lot of the work is done by your feet—controlling, moving, holding—and you don’t want to slip or hurt the sheep. The booties have to be special ordered from Australia.

Meridian Jacobs Shearing, derwent inktense The sheep suffered themselves to be turned, rotated, inverted, fleeced. The shearer needs horse-whisperer-type qualities, I think, at least this one seemed to have them. I was sorely tempted to buy a fleece, but I think I’ll wait till I get more experienced in spinning and figure out a way to heat enough soft water to process it. It’s a lot of work. And I don’t have those biceps…

ETA: the 25th Worldwide Sketchcrawl is this coming Saturday, November 21. Davis sketchers will meet at the Raptor Center at 9:30 and head into town around 11. Let me know if you’d like to come.

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  1. What a wonderful post!

    dale    14. November 2009, 15:26    Link
  2. That’s not something you read about much these days: shearing sheep. What an extraordinary experience it must have been!

    maria    14. November 2009, 16:55    Link
  3. phenomenal sketches -the sheep tension yet restraint comes through…dynamic but still .

    I didn’t know they do an open house shearing day —I’ll have to try to catch it next year!

    andrea mummert    15. November 2009, 10:20    Link
  4. I saw you drawing at shearing and didn’t have time to stop and chat. I’m glad you posted these pictures—I wanted to see what you did. I’d like to link to your blog from mine—enjoyable reading in addition to the art you do.

    Robin    17. November 2009, 22:56    Link
  5. Thanks, Dale, Maria, Andrea, Robin — it was a great day. Robin, of course, I’m honored! Thanks for a fabulous day.

    Pica    18. November 2009, 06:34    Link

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