Spinning Wheels


Parts of the wheel

grwheel.gif An early wheel in western Europe was the "Great Wheel". It didn't have a treddle, the wheel was hand turned. This led to the name "Walking Wheel". It was also called the "Wool Wheel". Every example that I've seen of this type of wheel has had a spindle [instead of a flyer and bobbin system].
trad.gif The "Saxon" or "Saxony" wheel is very common. The mother-of-all is beside the wheel, usually to the left. If it is to the right then you are looking at a left-handed wheel. This particular image is the Ashford Traditional.
trav.gif 188*270 The "Castle" wheel has the mother-of-all above the wheel. It is usually smaller than the "Saxon" and more compact. This image is the Ashford Traveller. There are versions of this which are very modern in appearance.
[no image yet] The "Box" wheel is a very functional and efficient spinner. These are often referred to as "Country Spinners", and are usually designed to produce thicker yarns.
[no image yet] The "Electric Spinner" is an efficient and practical machine for the spinner who is interested in production and not appearance.

to be continued...

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