Lorraine and Melvin Gallant spin rabbit fur
At Bunny Wool, visitors to the Abram’s Village Handcraft Co-op this summer will have the opportunity to comb “Keith Urban,” “Tim McGraw,” “Reba McEntire,” “Taylor Swift” or “Scotty McCreery,” to card and spin their wool and to transform it into small woolen crafts. The “stars” of this activity are actually exotic show rabbits (English Angora, the Jersey Wooly and the American Fuzzy Lop) named after country music performers.
Co-op president Lorraine Gallant and her husband Melvin Gallant have been raising show rabbits for about a decade. Their fluffy friends have entered competitions in PEI, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Maine winning all kinds of trophies, ribbons and awards.
By appointment, the Gallants will bring their prized rabbits to the handcraft shop. Visitors will see and touch skeins of rabbit wool, learn the differences between various breeds of rabbits and touch, pet and comb the long-eared creatures; their soft wool comes off very easily when combed, without causing any discomfort to the docile creatures. Melvin will give a carding and spinning demonstration, tourists will try their hand at spinning the wool with wheel, and each participant will needle some Jersey Wooly and American Fuzzy Lop wool into felt in a pattern of a rabbit which they get to take home. Beverage and a cookie in the shape of a rabbit will be served. You may also visit the rabbit farm with 90 rabbits. Bunny Wool Art is offered Mondays to Saturdays beginning June 18. Call 902-854-2096, 902-854-2636 or emailing