9 February 2019
After we purchase the wool from the Ranchers, it must be cleaned. Raw wool, also known as greasy wool in the trade, contains significant amounts of dirt and vegetable matter and, more importantly, lanolin.
Preparing the wool to be spun into yarn is a critical step in our manufacture and Ladd Hughes, manager of the Bollman Scouring Plant in San Angelo, Texas, gets it done for us just the way we need. Our wool is very specialized, expensive stuff, and we cannot have contamination from other lots of fiber. So, Ladd scours our wool first thing on Monday morning, after the line has been thoroughly cleaned over the weekend, and before any other wool is processed. This timing ensures that no contaminating inferior fiber is present on the scouring line when our wool is cleaned. Thanks Ladd and Bollman!
Incidentally, the Bollman Family has an honored name in American business, going back to the Bollman Hat Company, founded in 1858 and still making hats. The folks running Bollman Hat Company also founded American Made Matters.
The bales typically weigh several hundred pounds each.
where it will be cleaned of debris and about 98% of the natural lanolin (oil).