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« on: September 27, 2016 02:16:56 PM »

Hello spinners!

I have a spinning wheel I'd like to start learning on, but it's old and I'd like some guidance before I begin to learn.

A little backstory: my great grandmother came from Norway, and brought this spinning wheel with her when she moved to Minnesota. My grandma brought it out to California at some point and, a few years ago, gave it to my mom before she (grandma) passed away. It's been at my mom's house ever since. I have done a little spinning on a drop spindle and would love to learn how to use this wheel!

I'd love it if someone could take a look at the pictures and just let me know how it looks. I believe it's a Saxony, based on my Googling, and I can learn from YouTube how to use it, but it's very old and has been repaired with random leftover wood from the farm (decades ago). Does it look like it's missing any pieces? If someone who knew how to spin sat down at it, would it be good to go? The pedal works and turns the wheel. Pictures are in an imgur album since I don't post here often and can't post pictures yet.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Pics here: https://imgur.com/a/QFWEK

« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016 03:15:53 PM »

What a beautiful saxony wheel! There's an interesting contrast between the detailed turnings on the maidens and spokes and the rustic treadle. From what I can see, there's ansolutely nothing to stop it from working but could you take more pictures of the bobbin and flyer assembly?
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