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Recently, I was given the opportunity to refurbish a spinning wheel. The wheel was purchased from an antique shop. It had: a broken leg to upright brace (a part I did not see on any other of 100’s of wheels), no bobbin, no footman arm, and the distaff was missing its birdcage (which I rebuilt out of freshly cut mulberry twigs). I had to do a lot of research just to find out what to call the parts and methods of use so I could consult with my friend, Sally Bowman, a fair expert on spinning and wheels. She gave me the technical specifics I needed to make new parts. I wondered for a time if the modifications that were made previously (in order to have a display knick-knack) would be too much to deal with in order to make the wheel actually work again. I cleaned and reamed pin holes clogged with dirt and varnish, whittled new pins, and eventually got the results I needed. I dyed up the new pieces (turned on the pole lathe except for the footman), made some slight adjustments, put on a new drive band, and away it went. As with other foot powered craft equipment, driving the wheeel was very meditative. Fun stuff and an interesting set of problems to research and solve.
Next, a potter’s kick wheel.
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