A Collaboration of Friends
This is the page where you will find products and services of friends I have collaborated with here on the farm and in the mill. I strongly believe that the relationships with others comes first. I also believe we should all be cheerleaders for each other. When someone supports me, I want to give back. Here you will find some treasures. I am honored to call them friends.
Billy Maxwell leads an interesting life in the mountains of Montana. He tans bison hides from a couple of local bison ranchers. Having spent the better part of the last 30 plus years in Montana, he has had time to learn his technique from Native women who were masters at this craft. You can check out his highly informational facebook page called Prairie Material Studies.
Cat Starita met Billy at the meat shop where he would pick up the hides. She was then the manager and is now mostly retired with a little extra time for such projects.
Billy was here on another collaboration, which will hopefully be revealed soon. Cat is my neighbor and came down to say hi to Billy during that visit. Magic often happens here on the farm and these two have teamed up with me to produce some of the finest bison roving I have ever laid eyes and hands on. I can honestly tell you that we have processed other bison in the past and this product is far beyond any bison I have ever seen. Billy removes the fiber from the bison during his process and Cat removes the debris from the fiber. It is then brought to the mill for processing. Cat's work is so thorough, there is very little loss once we receive it here. The result is a soft, downy undercoat with very few guard hairs. We do not have a dehairer here and that's just fine. I am kind of partial to wild hairs. That's why these two are my friends!
Hit me up here for contact info or hop on The Wool Mill's facebook page to see the video.
I first met Billy at Copper K Fiber Festival in 2020 where he was teaching and I was vending. I have collaborated with him on a 100% Montana Made Reproduction Point Blanket. It's all his idea, going back several years for him. It has forced me outside of my norm here and opened up new possibilities with my fiber. Billy dyes the yarn with indigo for the stripe. They are woven in Terry, MT by Laina Therrien.
Check out the shop for some awesome bison/lamb's wool blend yarn. Billy provided the soft, downy bison fiber and my lamb's provided the wool. This has to be one of my favorite yarns we've ever created. It's the texture and the color. Also check out his Indigo-dyed rustic yarn made with my wool. This is a limited-edition!