John Jewell and his family grew some of the fiber that we are using to produce garments. John produced the highest-price lot of wool we’ve ever bought ... $4.00 per pound, plus lab costs. Typical wool was going for $0.65 per pound.
As has become usual with our ranchers, John's family produces breeding stock, and the wool that he sells is more proof of his bloodlines, and breeding stock is his primary product.
Mr and Mrs Jewell hosted my son Zack (wearing Anorak) and me in January of 2016, and we took these pictures during that visit.
Ian is a fishing and hunting guide and outfitter from Aspen, Colorado. As a natural complement to his fishing and hunting work, Ian also outfits commercial photographers and advertising productions. Because Ian owns and uses a huge variety of quality outdoor gear and has a great knowledge of spectacular outdoor settings, he is a one-stop-shop for companies needing a ready-to-shoot set so they can create images or video of outdoors-related products.
As a result of businesses, he has access to all kind of outdoor clothing. Wool has long been his choice, and now WeatherWool is his choice in wool.
Below is a picture of Ian wearing WeatherWool Boonie Hat and SkiJac, both in our LYNX Pattern. This picture was taken during an advertising shoot, where Ian served as model and as outfitter. Until this shoot, Ian had never heard of WeatherWool. We hope to get many more pictures of Ian doing his thing!
The great majority of people wearing WeatherWool are hunters or military ... because these groups seem to have the most people who are really serious about their gear. We’ve known Jeff Cook since we made our first garments, and he has been very helpful to us!
Here is Jeff with a bison he took in early 2017 while wearing a WeatherWool Al's Anorak in FullWeight LYNX Fabric. The Anorak is our most popular piece, particularly with Military.
Here is what Jeff wrote us about the hunt and the bull:
I was able to take the Anorak on another cold adventure and I was grateful for it. I was hunting free range Bison in Colorado on the back side of Pike's Peak and the temperature was much colder than expected and what is typical for January. I shot the bull with my bow and was fortunate enough to close the distance on my second stalk of the day. The frozen snow made sneaking quietly a difficult task. The bull was hit very well and only went about 120 yards. He was an old, mature bull and probably had a live weight around 1200-1400 pounds. His hanging weight at the butcher was just under 900 pounds. The meat is fabulous and I had some friends drive it from Colorado Springs back to my house in Washington.
The hunt started before daylight and the truck showed a temperature of -20F before windchill. Fortunately there was little wind and the first part of the hunt was in the vehicle to get to the hunting area. As the sun broke we began walking and I do not know the temperature after we left the pickup, but it was not much warmer. The snow was frozen and I could see the perspiration freezing on the outside of my Anorak as it wicked through the wool and away from my body. I’ve had several older versions of the Anorak and the new button and tab system on the zipper works great for keeping the sides from opening up when walking up or downhill. I was able to stay warm and the Lynx pattern did a good job of concealment even when walking between more open areas and the snow covered timber. Weatherwool is a great product and when I made it back to the truck it had warmed up to a toasty -13 and sunny.