I begin with a sedated llama.
Then, I add the tools of the trade: leather gloves, hand shears, and a bucket for the fiber.
At the halfway point, Llambert the Llama awakes from his nap and studies the pile of fiber. I worry that I'd spent too much time talking to the vet and let the sedation wear off. Will we have a partially-shaved llama this year? Will the llama let me finish clipping if he's awake?
My worries are for naught. Llama sighs and goes back to sleep.
I take the opportunity to flip his 340-pound body. I now have the other side to clip.
I finish the other side quickly. It's not pretty. It's not professional. But how many people can say they spent their lunchtime shearing a llama?