Ozark Carding Mill is operated by Jim and Gail White. Jim has been involved in Quality Assurance and electronics for 30 years. He also has knowledge of machinery and has converted all our industrial grade equipment to, infinitely adjustable variable speed, allowing us to process a wide variety of fiber types.
Gail has a BA in Education. She has been involved in fiber and fiber arts for over 25 years. Ozark Carding began about 20 years ago as The Rabbit Wren, in Snohomish, WA. Gail has been a hand spinner for 25 or more years. She started spinning in order to spin the fiber from her 35 angora bunnies. The bunnies began as a 4-H project for our daughter, Donna. Gail is, also, a hand and machine knitter, and has done some weaving. Since beginning the business, spinning and hand knitting are about all she has time for.
In 1996, the mill moved to Warsaw, MO, where it was located for 12 years, on the family farm. We raised Targhee sheep and processed the wool for retail sales for many years, along with processing for our customers. We added yarn spinning in 2003, and now specialize in spinning alpaca, wools and other fibers.
In 2000, Gail became a Certified Wool Classer. She has judged fleece shows in WI, NC, MI and MO. She also teaches classes in processing fibers, and yarn dyeing.
Jim retired from his job in 2007 and a move was made to Durant, OK to be closer to our daughter and her family. We live in town. The mill is located right next to the house, as it was in Missouri. We both work in the mill now. Jim always has kept the machines running, adding improvements and monitoring quality control. Now he is our yarn spinner.
As of March 20, 2014 we have retired, again. We will no longer be accepting fiber for processing. The machines have been sold and will be leaving OK for their new home in Clinton, WA, on Whidby Is. Lydia Christensen has purchased the machines and is excited for them to arrive. She has a background in fibers, weaving, knitting and spinning. She is eager to learn the processing world of fiber.
Thank you to all our wonderful customers over the past 19 years. Jim and I have enjoyed each and everyone of you, both our processing customers and those we've met at shows. You've made our business successful.
We will be at the following upcoming events. WE WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING FIBER FOR PROCESSING. WE WILL HAVE OUR RETAIL FIBERS AND YARNS AT THE LISTED SHOWS.
DFW Fiber Festival, March, Irving Convention Center, Irving, TX
Middle TN Fiber Festival, May 23 - 24, Dickson, TN, Fairgrounds, Memorial Day Weekend
Black Prarie Fiber and Artists Festival, Denison, TX Loy Lake Park Agricutural Center, Sept. 21 - 22.
SAFF, Fletcher, NC Oct.
The Boro, Murfreesboro, TN Nov 2. Agricultural Center
I will fill in dates and addresses soon.