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« on: December 23, 2006 03:18:56 PM »

i inherited my grandmother's spinning wheel this summer.  i know how to use a drop spindle, but applying that concept to an entire wheel has proven a little difficult.  Undecided  basically, i have no idea what i'm doing and i need help.

i know there are spinning classes and such available, but i'm really looking for someone who knows their stuff to come take a look at the wheel and make sure it's in working order/not missing any parts/put together correctly and maybe give me a quick lesson?  i'd hate to sign up for a class and upon arriving discover that my wheel is missing something important.

the spinning wheel itself was imported directly from norway between 1960 and 1970 (for about $35!).  i think it's lovely and it would mean a lot to me to be able to use it.

anyone willing to help me out or know anyone who can?  i hear there's a guy who inspects and restores spinning wheels, but i also hear that he's pretty expensive and that there's a waiting list.  ideally, i'd love to get help from someone i can pay in crafts/baked goods/pet sitting/etc.

thanks in advance for any tips!
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2006 02:16:20 AM »

Whereabouts in Oregon do you live?  I'm in Eugene, and we have tons of spinning groups (I even teach spinning sporadically if you wanna drop by).  Or if you live anywhere near Portland, I can recommend a couple of spinners I know.  Otherwise, I'd recommend you contact the closest spinning guild (spinners tend to be friendly).  Hope that helps Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2006 12:33:16 PM »

i live in portland... any recommendations would be great! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2006 03:19:33 PM »

i live in portland... any recommendations would be great! Smiley

Can I have your email address?  I'm gonna send it to an old friend, Lavendarsheep, she teaches spinning and knitting (she lives in Hood River actually) but also knows all the Portland area spinners better than I do Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007 04:45:08 PM »

Fyberduck mentioned this to me and I meant to come and check in on it. Marnie lives in Portland these days. I'm not sure how knowledgeable she is on wheels in general but she does good work. She also may know more about local guilds. Otherwise, I'll check in with you the next time I have any plans to be near Portland.
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