Comfortable and efficient flick carding
I find that opening up locks of a fleece with a flick carder is an excellent preparation for fast, easy carding (whether by hand or drum carder). As it's necessary to use a fairly sharp tapping action, you need to cover your knee with something relatively heavy duty. Searching around for something suitable, we found that an old leather hillwalking boot, well past it's active life, is ideal. The sole and footbed of the boot were removed, as well as all the hooks, eyes, etc which hold the laces, and the leather tongue under the laces . The basic leather carcass was then split from the toe front to the laced area, enabling the boot to be slipped over the knee, as shown, and the flick carder can be used comfortably against the side of the boot.
Any other spinning tips are very welcome - do share them!