Posted June 10, 2001 at 5:51 pm No Comments

Golden Shears winner David Fagan
holds the coveted trophy
high for the 13th time.

When Adam Fass came back from New Zealand, he brought with him an issue of Shearing, the “magazine for all in the shearing world.”  This 40-page publication contained a variety of fascinating shearing-related articles.
One article described the achievement of Rodney Sutton, whose “lifelong dream came true” when he broke the world shearing record at Turangi in December.  “The 33-year-old from Reporoa trained solidly for months to achieve the level of fitness needed to take on the record,” wrote Shearing correspondent John Hart.  “The record involved shearing one lamb every 38 seconds for nine hours to break the record set my Alan McDonald in 1993.”

The article goes on to describe the extraordinary feat in exhaustive detail.  “As the drama of the afternoon unfolded,” Hart writes, “it became gradually apparent that the frequency of lambs caught and dispatched was slipping, even though there were still a few going at that 37 second pace — mainly the bigger lambs, strangely enough, that seemed to suit Rodney’s style more than the little wrigglers.”

Fortunately, the magazine also contains lighter fare, should one become overwrought after reading such an intense shearing story.  This clever cartoon gave me quite a chuckle.
And when I saw this beautiful set of shears in the center ad spread, I was practically drooling.  “With its own handy carry case,” the ad copy reads, “Sunbeam’s NEW Regal Gun is one out of the box for smoothness.  Armed with a third bearing at the back joint, it reduces vibration to give the smoothest shear ever.”

Smooth Operator: the new 3-Bearing
Regal Gun Handpiece from Sunbeam.

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