Thursday, November 12, 2015

Harvest prep

Iris and gladiola, chopped by Pam.
She worked so hard on this yesterday. It made me realize that we have to have rules for people who donate fiber to the Morgan! Call ahead, clean the plants (so we get just what we need), and bundle. No plastic bags! I hate mold, though I know that breaks things down.
Japanese kozo, being picked. Very slow going, and terrible timing when we have to be cutting Morgan kozo down. But I need to get a hanji vat up and running! With clean fiber. Lisa arrived yesterday from NYC and the TV folks come again today to film us attempting to harvest in high winds. The harvest itself (this weekend) is more of a processing what we've cut down all week. Hoping to practice better hygiene: cut stems in one direction, trimmed and steamed in the same direction to make stripping easier. AND: stripped bark in one direction, not thrown in a pile! It's amazing how you can make more work for yourself by not doing it right in the first place.

More about the kozo harvest here.


Velma Bolyard said...

wow! busy with the best kind of busy-ness

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