Working with wool proved to be quite easy with a heavy duty industrial sewing machine with a walking foot. This entire project took about 1 week of evenings.
Because I am quite warm (and active) wool is too warm for me. I had never intended to wear this for myself, but donate it to the charity auction with the Radical Faeries.
The snaps on the bottom are to secure a rear split that enables this coat to be easily used as a riders coat.