I'm a full-time sheep shearer with more than 15 years professional experience.
I grew up on a family farm in Western Massachusetts, and for as long as I can remember, I've loved raising, caring for, and spending time with sheep and those who have sheep.
I sheared my first sheep when I was 11 years old, and attended shearing school for the first time when I was 17. I was hooked immediately, and knew I wanted to pursue a career in sheep shearing.
With the exception of the years I spent at college earning my degree in Business Management, I've been a full-time sheep shearer ever since.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I've spent my entire life working with sheep, and of more than half my life training and working as a professional shearer.
Along the way, I have sheared and trained overseas in such amazing sheep countries as New Zealand, Australia, and Wales. In New Zealand, I spent several months working for Motu Tua - a shearing contractor who employs as many as 35 shearers at a time. While there, I met a contractor from Wales, Alfie Griffiths, for whom I later worked for two summers. In Australia, I worked and trained with Aidan Copp, a sheep shearing world record holder.
PROFESSIONAL LIFE & COMMITMENTS
I regularly offer shearing demonstrations at a variety of educational events, fundraisers for non-profit organizations, fairs, and festivals (e.g., Shearing Day at Stone Barns Farms and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center). Currently, I serve as the vendor co-chair for the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair in Cummington Massachusetts.
My brother Nathan and I run our family farm (Busy Corner), and raise Dorset and Tunis sheep. But shearing for others is how I earn my living.
Last year, I sheared more than 14,000 sheep, visiting almost 500 farms.
I am passionate about what I do - about working with sheep, and about working with those who take on the hard work of raising sheep. I take seriously my commitments to quality shearing, careful handling, and reliable service.
I am happy to work with all shepherds - regardless the size of their flock (1 to 3000), regardless their purpose for raising and caring for sheep (for meat, for wool, or just for fun).
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