Richard Duncan was the founder of Duncan Fiber Enterprises. After retiring from his career as a biologist, Richard began building drum carders. An innovator at heart, he spent many hours in research and development on all the products carried by Duncan Fiber Enterprises. He was adamant about quality in everything he built as well as beauty, convenience and affordability. Richard passed away February 10, 2013.
Scott Duncan has worked alongside his father in the shop on a part time basis since the beginning. He now continues the business with the same ideologies of quality, beauty, convenience and affordability. Following in his father’s footsteps, he is always seeking more innovations.
Joane Duncan was the inspiration behind Duncan Carders with her teaching at Damascus Fiber Arts School. She was instrumental in the design behind the carding machines as well as other tools used in the fiber industry
Since 1982, Duncan Carders has been family owned and operated. Every carding machine is made by hand, one at a time. It is our mission to create machines that are beautiful, efficient and affordable for the craftspeople who are looking for the best machines to fulfill their fiber arts passions for many years to come.
Much research has been done over the years to fulfill our mission. What we have found is the simpler, the better. We added the metal strip on the drum to make doffing easier. We added a motor to make operation easier. We experimented with different sizes of card cloth, but found that our Fine Fiber Brush does a much better job and is very easy to install and use.
Although our machines are built to last for many years, we offer replacement parts for our carders as well as other brands. In the unlikely event there is a problem with your carder, we will happily repair the machine or issue a full refund for the returned machine.