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« on: June 03, 2007 05:50:43 PM »

Does anyone know anything about this wheel? My mom bought it because she thought it was pretty, but wants to get rid of it now, because it takes up too much space.  We are not sure of what it is worth, or if it works, and it is pretty old.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/iseepretties/410590290/
« Last Edit: June 04, 2007 10:38:02 AM by vanillaxlight - Reason: edited to fix terminology » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007 08:27:49 PM »

Well, you seem to have two parts, an old spinning wheel (not a loom, those are for weaving cloth, not spinning thread Smiley) that is missing the actual spinning assemby, and a skein winder. The skein winder probably works, the wheel won't without a spinning assembly. Making your own flyer/bobbins is hard, but it is pretty easy to make a quill assembly, and then it would be useable. As it is a great wheel (referring to size, not quality), a quill spindle would even be traditional (the "spindle" in the sleeping beauty story). Does it have a foot treadle?

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007 09:50:16 PM »

That's a great wheel. And I don't mean cool, but it's actally called a "great wheel". Some info is here: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/wheel-styles.shtml.

It is hand powered, so it doesn't need a treadle at all. Also, the flyer assembly is different - it doesn't have one, but has a spindle instead. It's like a step between a dropspindle, and the wheels that most of us use here. It is missing that part though.

« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2007 10:54:16 AM »

I had to copy paste the pic and lighten it in Paint, my monitor was too dark to see the pic of the wheel itself. while it needs no treadle, it still will need a spindle assembly
if you scroll down, they have pics of the different mounting assemblies for a spindle wheel. If you know a woodworker, a minor's head assembly is pretty easy, and it allows the wheel to go faster, because rather than direct drive, where the wheel is attached to the spindle, the drive band is attached to the minor's had, and then by a pulley to the spindle, accelerating the spindle.

 Some great wheels do have treadles, though, the use of treadle-operated great wheels dates back to late 17th century Italy. Some also have flyer assemblies. Flyer assembly "walking" wheels date back to medieval times  :)Personally, I find them awkward in the extreme. Flyer wheels are a pain without a treadle, and there's no sense to having a great wheel rather than a smaller wheel if you're treadling. Great wheels were still common in England until the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th, despite the fact that the treadle driven flyer wheel had been around for centuries. I'm afraid that trying to date/ID a great wheel will be hard, without some identifying marks.......

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