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« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2009 08:28:39 AM »

Ha ha!  I bet you look forward to nap time every day! I don't have children, but I have dogs.  They get very confused when I spin and sometimes get their noses just a little too close.  Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: October 04, 2009 03:03:56 PM »

I do!! I got mine this week from a very sweet local spinner who had gotten a Schacht and didn't really need her Traveller anymore. It was a SWEET deal. Very, very reasonable price. Too reasonable really but I'm not complaining!


The double treadle kit still needs to be oiled. (It came with the single treadle and a never opened double treadle kit. I was having a hard time with single treadling so I just couldn't be patient and put it on.) I'm not totally sure what I want to do. Has anyone ever refinished a Traveller? I don't want to mess it up but I think some light sanding and an oil that highlights the natural colors of the wood would be gorgeous!
She also used vaseline and graphite lubricant to oil it. So it's got a lot of black staining on it. Any advice with that? It works MUCH better with regular oil. What kind of oil should I get for it?

Here's a picture of a batt I spun up from a swap from the noodle princess when I got the hang of it. Smiley


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« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2009 06:38:54 PM »

Gorgeous wheel and yarn!
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« Reply #33 on: October 05, 2009 07:16:38 AM »

I do, I do!  My traveler is identical to yours.  It was my first wheel.  I love that it can be used as either a double or single drive (and both Scotch & Irish tension for the SD!)

It is a very versitile wheel.  One thing you''ll want to know about it ... it does like to loosen up, so keep that allen wrench handy in a little bag hung from the wheel.  


When it is not in use, lower that M-O-A to the very lowest setting and unhook the brake band.  It looks like (from the position of your MOA and if I seeing it correctly, how streched out your brake band spring is, you will probably want to replace both your drive band and your brake spring.

There should be 2 small springs on your brake band; one that goes between the knob and the first hook on the front of the MOA, the second that hooks to the hook on top of the MOA.  Check the Ashford assembly guide.  It gives the exact scale of the various hardware pieces you need.

For finishing the treadles, Ashford recommends a clear lacquer.  Youll want something very durable that wont scuff easily.
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« Reply #34 on: October 05, 2009 08:51:58 AM »

I have a Traveler! I also have the jumbo bobbin kit, but it is unfinished. I need to get out my sand paper and some clear lacquer so I can start spinning larger amounts.

The Woolery sells Traveler maintenance kits for $18.50. http://www.woolery.com/Pages/ashwheelsfr.html#traveller
ASHFORD MAINTENANCE KIT: includes spinning wheel oil, threading hook, spring, flyer hooks, footman joint, brake band and drive band.
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« Reply #35 on: October 05, 2009 09:24:18 AM »

The Jumbo flyer/Bobbin is all I use on my Traveler now since I use it mostly for plying or bullky art yarns.

There is also a laceweight flyer offered, but I've never had the need to get one.  by using a stretchy drive band in double drive, I've been able to turn our very fine silks and cottons with the regular flyer
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« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2009 09:55:16 AM »

I think there may be a maintenance kit in the bottom of the box. There is definitely only one spring on the brake band. So that's obviously an issue.

It did come with a lace kit MLF and it's never even been opened. The newsletter in the unopened double treadle kit was dated 1996. So if that's accurate as to when this thing was bought it's been sitting around for a long time.
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« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2010 06:46:19 PM »

i REALLY want a Kiwi. BAAAAAADLY.
as soon as the tax return $ comes in i am hoofin it down to my local yarn/fiber/spinning store and getting myself one.
now if only i can decide on what to paint my wheel. i have all sorts of ideas in my head.
everyones wheels are GORGE!
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« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2010 05:05:35 PM »

I got a Traveller for Christmas.  I still havn't had much luck spinning yarn on it yet but I am taking a class tommorrow so hopefully after that I'll be able to!  I just wanted to show off my wheel.  We got pink stain and stained it pink!!   Grin



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« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2010 05:29:38 PM »

LOVE!! that wheel rocks! Grin
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