This wheel arrived here tired, dusty, and dry. After her creation sometime in the 1930’s in the northern Czech Republic, at some point she travelled to Canada, where she recently spent some years languishing in a cold garage attic. At long last, the decision was made that she was ready to take the plunge and re-enter polite spinning society! Finding her way here was, of course, the first step on that journey and we are so proud of her. (Everyone clap politely, now!)
Just to show you how far she’s come, here is what she looked like on arrival (she’s the one on the far left)…
During her stay, she was bathed liberally in tung oil finish and wow, did that ever make a difference! Here she is, partway through her treatment at the spa:
Look at that youthful glow!
This girl had a unique feature that called for some new techniques in our spa – she’s got a metal flyer, which is not something you see every day. Our local resources (thanks Dad) suggested brass and carbon steel brushes for the Dremel and they did indeed do a fabulous job of polishing: under all the grime, that lovely flyer has a brass neck and steel arms … and she longer sports any twisted flax fibres or caked on grease. Detoxification is just another part of the spa experience at Apple Jack Creek!
Some fine tuning work was needed on the bobbin and the whorl, where the real work of spinning happens. The bobbin clattered on the flyer rod, especially once all the gunk was removed, so new leather bearings were inserted into the ends to cushion the spinning wood against the metal. The flyer whorl is a pressure-fit (rather than a threaded twist-on), and was, in fact, fitted to a clump of flax thread and built up grease that had been purposely created around the end of the flyer rod. With that cleaned off, a new method of fixing the whorl in place was needed, so more leather was called into service. The whorl was never properly centered, so in the course of fixing the pressure fit, it was shifted somewhat more towards the middle, though it’s still not quite perfect. Well, none of us are perfect in this life, eh folks?
And now … after all that hard work, here she is. Isn’t she beautiful, folks?
Now let the ladies and gentlemen see what you were able to accomplish this afternoon....
Isn’t that great folks? Look at her, she’s ready to be productive once more! What a girl! Applause! Applause!
Here she is, showing you what she can do.
Local(ish) pickup or delivery to Olds (during Fibre Week) is free. Shipping can be arranged, but as this wheel doesn’t disassemble, it is likely to be a bit challenging.