Gathering Wool

Dryer balls and a dish drying mat by Sonoma Wool Company at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Dryer balls and a dish drying mat by Sonoma Wool Company at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
The Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
The Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
An assortment of wool scarves at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
An assortment of wool scarves at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A hand-made wool hand warmer and coasters created by Ariana Strozzi at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A hand-made wool hand warmer and coasters created by Ariana Strozzi at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Hand-made wool coasters, wine glass rings and a hand warmer all created by Ariana Strozzi at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Hand-made wool coasters, wine glass rings and a hand warmer all created by Ariana Strozzi at the Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
After the wool is hand-washed and put through a washing machine spin cycle, Casey Mazzucchi places the damp wool on mesh drying racks. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
After the wool is hand-washed and put through a washing machine spin cycle, Casey Mazzucchi places the damp wool on mesh drying racks. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
After the wool is hand-washed and put through a washing machine spin cycle, Casey Mazzucchi places the damp wool on mesh drying racks. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
After the wool is hand-washed and put through a washing machine spin cycle, Casey Mazzucchi places the damp wool on mesh drying racks. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi hand washing Dorset wool in a mixture of hot water and Dawn dishwashing liquid before placing the wet wool in a washing machine spin cycle. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi hand washing Dorset wool in a mixture of hot water and Dawn dishwashing liquid before placing the wet wool in a washing machine spin cycle. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi using a hand-operated triple picker which fluffs up wool by raking the material over several rows of sharp needles in a pendulum motion. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi holding up some raw Navajo Churro wool at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi holding up some raw Navajo Churro wool at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi holding up some raw Navajo Churro wool at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi holding up some raw Navajo Churro wool at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California with Rose, his 3-month-old pet Horned Dorset sheep. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Casey Mazzucchi at his Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill in Valley Ford, California with Rose, his 3-month-old pet Horned Dorset sheep. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi shearing the wool off a 5-year-old Dorset Ewe weighing approximately 140 pounds at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi shearing the wool off a 5-year-old Dorset Ewe weighing approximately 140 pounds at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A curious sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A curious sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A variety of sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A variety of sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A variety of sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
A variety of sheep at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi with partner Amy Chesnut at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Amy Chesnut with partner Joe Pozzi at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Amy Chesnut with partner Joe Pozzi at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi shearing the wool off a 5-year-old Dorset Ewe weighing approximately 140 pounds at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Joe Pozzi shearing the wool off a 5-year-old Dorset Ewe weighing approximately 140 pounds at Pozzi Ranch located on the hills overlooking the town of Bodega. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)

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