Is it a medieval torture device?

Maybe. I got a swing picker! It's a chunky-substantial brute. Made of pure oak, this bad boy means business! It does super great on slightly coarser fibers. I might try it on some merino, stay tuned!

I got it to pick out vegetable matter aka "VM" in the fiber biz. Also to fluff up stubborn locks that I want to blend. Normally I toss dyed wool right onto the carder with not much pre-fluffing. We'll see what kinds of puffy clouds this tool kicks out!

P.S. I'm thinking about my fans & customers in Japan. I can't help but wait & hope that loss of life isn't as high as everyone is saying. I'm very concerned about the nuclear power plants that are in trouble. I can only sit and everyone else is who is far away.