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The machine

The machine is a fascinating and superb example of engineering. Built in Oldham, England in 1922 it is nearly 100 years old. Consisting of several drums which all have various technical names such as the swift, the doffer, the workers, the fancy and the strippers amongst others.

Five Keys is now able to offer a carding service for your fleeces. Our service includes tumbling and washing of the fleeces before processing. Washing and tumbling gives a better carded fibre and protects our machine from unseen contamination. We do not offer carding without this service.

Our carding operation is able to produce the fibre either as sliver for spinning or as bats for quilting and duvets.