Friday, May 6, 2011

Slater Mill : Pawtucket, RI

The Carding Machine

This machine was used at Slater Mill after the Bale Breaker broke up the large bales of cotton send from the south.  It began as a hand held process with two paddles of little metal teeth that would comb the cotton to align the fibers.  When the process advanced into this machine of rollers the speed of production increased 76 times.  The processing of cotton was done mostly by the women and children at slater mill.

This process could possibly be involved in my project as a way of breaking up the material before adding the clay.  It may or may not be beneficial to the results though.

I also bought a bag of cotton seed at Slater Mill and planted some.  Updates to come...

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