Since I got my wheel, I've had tons of questions. I decided I'd build them up before I asked in several areas. I would really appreciate the help, as I know you guys are so smart.
I originally wrote out a huge post with questions, but I had a browser error and lost it all. I got irritated and decided to ask again on a day where I felt like doing lots of typing.
This is the post where I introduced my wheel to Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286740.msg3731324#msg3731324
Just for reference, you will also see that MLF answered a few questions I had, but I'm going to retouch on those.
My wheel, which is a double drive/double treadle/scotch tension, only has one spring on the brake band. I have questions about this. What is the purpose of both of the springs and why would the lady who sold me my wheel only have one on it? When I got it and she demonstrated spinning on it to me, this is how it was. It seemed like it was exactly as she always spun on it. So I'm a bit confused. I'm ordering replacements, but I need to know, can I spin on my wheel with this issue or will my wheel explode on me at some point? I don't want to be covered in a pile of angry Ashford ashes because it got mad that I'm missing a spring. Is this the reason I feel like I'm riding a cycle at the gym when I spin sometimes? Also, can I get these little springs at a hardware store or are they very specific Ashford made springs?
My next question is about the fact that you can use this wheel as a single or double drive. Er, what? You can see in the picture how my drive band is placed. Is it wrong? Should it be in some sort of weird figure eight? Or am I currently using it as a single drive? Why does this matter? I realize that this link at The Woolery gives a great description of single/double drive
. But I'm still really confused. The Woolery seems to suggest that buying a single drive is the best way to go. There isn't much of an explanation as to why. I have read otherwise on here, people suggesting double drive. (I'm assuming for the versatility?) So if anyone wants to weigh in on this, agaiiiinnnnn
, please do!!
(There is also a member of the Craftster Facebook Fiber Artists/Spinners Group (unofficial)
who is wondering what to get. I foolishly told her I got a double drive/double treadle and love it without really knowing what to suggest. I don't know anything about wheels, my point was more that I love my wheel so I'm sure she'd love the same. lol)
Next question, how do I know what's right when I adjust the Scotch tension knob. I feel SO silly asking that. I guess I've just been adjusting it to what feels
right. (which also I assume is a problem because of my springs
) I know these things depend on the type of yarn you are spinning, but going from a drop spindle, where you control the thickness of the yarn with drafting and specific spindles/techniques, this is confusing!
My last question has to do with finishing the wheel. I want to refinish it. I believe that the lady who sold it to me may have smoked, as all the items have a yellow tinge to them (papers, boxes, wheel, etc.) Will taking a light bit of sandpaper to this baby mess up her integrity? I don't want to do something stupid, but I'm not fond of the color. It's too orange for me. I want a very natural finish, clear, not yellowish/orange. But I can live without that if I have to. However, the lady used graphite lubrication on it. She said when she bought the wheel, that's what they suggested using at the time and that since then, they've changed that recommendation to straight up oil. She kept using the graphite and vasoline
. So there is lots
of black on the wheel. It looks like someone took a drawing pencil to it on some parts. The wheels groove is black and causes the band to turn black. I don't really like this. It looks dirty. Can I get this off? If it was finished before she ever lubricated it with the graphite, it shouldn't have sunk into the wood correct? Or is this something that I'm sort of just stuck with? It's my only complaint about the wheel.
Wheeeewwwweeee....That was long. If you were kind enough to read through it all, thank you and if you're kind enough to weigh in, you're my buddy forever.