The Art of Shaving
This week, held on the opposing banks of the Cannon River from the Mill, marks the 139th Rice County Fair.
We ventured over today and stumbled upon an early 20th century sheep shearer and clippers once owned by local farmers but had since been donated to the Rice County Historical Society.
Unlike the flexible shaft models, The Stewart Chicago Clipper uses jointed geared shafts. Two workers were required to operate the machine – one to crank and one to shear.
The shears were state of the art at the time and said to have sheared wool that would have most likely been woven here at the Mill.