I grew up in South-central California. I have always liked the outdoors, gardening and being surrounded by nature. I was always encouraged to use what I had around me which sparked my creativity and love for crafts. At an early age my grandmother taught me how to crochet and the yarn obsession began!
I moved to Tacoma, Washington in to attend Pacific Lutheran University. I graduated with a B.S. in Geology and then attended Western Washington University and received a M.S. in Geology. In that time I met my wife and worked as a consulting geologist in the Seattle area. This gave me so many great opportunities like hiking through the Cascade Mountains for research, traveling to Canada and Puerto Rico, working on large, high profile construction projects, fording streams and rivers in the middle of rugged mountain terrain, and tackling mitigation issues for Seattle residences that are affected by natural disasters such as landslides and earthquakes. During this time I continued to spin, knit, and crochet for Christmas gifts, Birthdays, and just for fun.
My wife and I moved to Spokane Valley and my interest in fiber grew to include shearing sheep, llamas, alpacas, and goats. We are very proud and happy to be parents of a wonderful daughter. We moved to Gilbert, Arizona in 2010 to continue our life adventure. Other things I enjoy are woodworking, gardening, tinkering in my shop and spending time with my family.
Thank you for visiting Tri-Ply Fibers - Jerry Ladd, Owner
I started shearing sheep in Spokane Valley, Washington, Jan 2008. For two years I sheared and spun yarn for many wonderful people all over Washington and Idaho. I moved to Gilbert, Arizona, August 2010 to continue to be involved in the fiber community.
I completed the Advanced Shearing School at Montana State University Extension Program and I am a registered professional shearer through the American Sheep Industry Association, Inc. (ASI). Shearing was the final stage in my training to complete the "Wool" Circle and be able to offer quality wool harvesting.
I have been hand spinning for many years and I like to spin with many different mediums. I hand wash and hand dye all of my fleece unless the natural color can be used. I also enjoy knitting, crocheting, and designing patterns for all sorts of useful items.
Being a shearer and fiber artist is a continual learning experience. Every time I shear, or every time I read a new pattern and attend a conference I learn something new not only for myself but to share.