This woman raises Finn sheep and she is just at the end of her lambing season-- down to one ewe delivering a day. There were 1 day to 2 week old lambs everywhere! I asked how many and she said she lost count but around 200. What a racket they can make. Anyway, she said she gave the book away to someone and she was going to have to purchase another copy. So much for the step by step from the master blade shearer.
My friend feels guilty and just happens to have a few ewes that need a partial trim so she demonstrates. She ties the ewe to a fence and begins clipping with the ewe standing perfectly still. RIGHT! I can't imagine any of my 6 holding that still but who knows. I like her blade shears - smaller than mine. Then she says use a scissors or get a pair like hers and just start. Do 1/2 a sheep at a time or 1 a day or whatever works. O.K.. Karen, now I know we can do it.
My friend tells me again about her sheep deck chair (her "best thing since sliced bread") so later I go to the website and see a demo of a sheep lounging in the deck chair. Since they sell the replacement webbing I decide Karen and I can make one from pvc pipe. Then the girls can relax in style while I clip their stomach wool or legs or trim hooves or whatever. This sounds too good to be true.
I can't believe I am starting to get excited about shearing!