.The process begins in the skirting and washing area (below). Shown here, Karin Kennedy who oversees the operation of this department and is responsible for the flow of farmers' custom processing orders through the facility.
Then it's on to picking and carding. Here's millwright Rich Pauquette adjusting a roller in our 1980s vintage
84" Davis and Furber carder; and Mary Jeanne Packer, mill owner, inspecting picked fleece on the feed table.
One of the secrets to our success - a Warner & Swasey pin-drafter (left). Carded sliver is run through the fine combs in this machine two or three times to parallel the fibers before moving on to the Gaudino spinning frame (right).
The process finishes up with plying and skein winding.
Shown here, our Saco-Lowell Meadows twister used for making two-ply
worsted and DK weight yarns and three ply sock yarn (and more!); and machine operator Jane Machen
preparing skeins for a custom order.
Battenkill Fibers is a semi-worsted mill - your finished yarn or roving
will be softer!
Here's our beautiful 1960's-vintage Warner & Swasey pin-drafter. We use this machine to comb the fibers in the roving into alignment, producing the most uniform and soft sliver possible.
Welcome to Battenkill Fibers - Pull right up to the front overhead door and drop-off your fleeces for custom processing (or come by for an in-person tour) M-F, 8:30 - 4. UPS comes to this door to pick-up the finished orders and take them back to your farm.
A view of the Hudson sunset from our front door.