Sunday, May 25, 2008

Below are some photos about carving a crook.

Here are pictured some sticks photographed at the Scottish Blackface Shearing competition in 2006 at Loch Earn.  The Black ones are made of Buffalo Horn. Besides the shearing there was a contest of crook making and these are a few of the winners in their class. Below I have posted photos that show some of the stages of carving of a shepherds crook.

Lochearnhead Shears was established in 1993, and over the years it has become one of the larger sheep shearing competitions in the United Kingdom. Sheep shearers from all over the World compete to take home the “Scottish Blackface Shearing Champion” title. Blackface sheep are predominant in this area and require extra skills from the competitors to overcome their flighty nature and the coarser wool of this mountain breed.

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