Shearing Lately, In Photos

I’ve been shearing so much lately (four jobs last week alone, two of them all day, in addition to my day job) that I haven’t had much time to write. So, taking a cue from some Meridian Jacobs style blog posts, I’ll share some photos with little text.

Two dozen people sitting on bales of wool, holding certificates, mountains in the background

Shearing School 2015 graduates

 

I leveled up this year! John Harper, to my left, and Gary, to my right have been my wise guides in the shearing journey for more than two years now.

I leveled up this year! John Harper, to my left, and Gary, to my right have been my wise guides in the shearing journey for more than two years now.

 

Being interviewed by Mendocino Public Radio about the wool mill

Being interviewed by Mendocino Public Radio about the wool mill, outside the shearing barn

 

Yet another photo of me shearing (they all look the same)

Yet another photo of me shearing (they all look the same)

 

A slightly different view of the same shearing moment

A slightly different view of the same shearing moment

 

The site of Monday and Tuesday's shearing job: Sears Point Raceway, where thousands of sheep provide mowing and fire control services all year long.

The site of Monday and Tuesday’s shearing job: Sears Point Raceway, where thousands of sheep provide mowing and fire control services all year long.

 

The honest-to-God wagon I sheared in. The sheep run down those platforms when they're sheared.

The honest-to-God wagon I sheared in. The sheep run down those platforms when they’re sheared.

 

The sheep use my car as a turning point when heading back out to pasture.

The sheep use my car as a turning point when heading back out to pasture. This is also the first (but maybe not last?) place I’ve sheared from which San Francisco is visible.

 

My lunch buddy, my friend John's dog.

My lunch buddy, my friend John’s dog

 

My lunch buddy as a puppy, exactly one year ago.

My lunch buddy as a puppy, exactly one year ago

 

Bolinas, just south of my Saturday morning shearing job

Bolinas, just south of my Saturday morning shearing job

 

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