I'm getting ready to try my hand at in with an old iver johnson. Is carding the fluted cylinder going to be as difficult as it looks?
Actually, the cylinder is one of the easiest parts to card. Smaller nooks and crannies that are difficult to get a carding brush or a piece of balled-up 0000 steel wool were the most challenging for me.
The single most helpful accessory for the process, for me, was a carding wheel from Brownells. I chucked it in my drill press on the lowest speed and it really speeds things up. I still need to get into those nooks with the brushes or steel wool, but that's all you'll need the little ones for. The carding wheel got almost 100% of the cylinder each time, too.